By JAMES PINKERTON HOUSTON CHRONICLE
May 6, 2009, 6:26PM
A veteran lieutenant with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office has been fired for leading a squad of deputies to investigate a $16 theft from his wife’s car at an Humble carwash last year, the department confirmed Wednesday.
Lt. Louis Guthrie, a 17-year veteran of the department, was fired Tuesday for official oppression, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Keir Murray said.
Murray said Guthrie’s dismissal was the result of the department’s investigation of an incident in July when Guthrie and a number of deputies shut down a carwash after Guthrie’s wife complained that $16 was stolen from her vehicle.
The business, on FM 1960 in Humble, was cordoned off with crime scene tape and closed for an hour as Guthrie and deputies questioned employees about the theft.
“Based on the report I’ve read, his behavior regar
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