A press release from Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said that on Feb. 29, Meno responded to a 911 call about a possible break-in at an elderly resident’s home.
Meno determined that there was no break-in, but returned for a “follow-up” investigation and stole a bottle of prescription pain medicine. The victim reported the theft to Kettering police and identified Meno.
“Police officers take an oath to uphold the law and to protect citizens,” Heck said in a press release. “When they betray that oath and commit crimes, they will be prosecuted and held accountable.”
Defense attorney Steven Pierson and assistant prosecutor Ward Barrentine declined comment.
During the hearing, Barrentine said Meno obstructed justice in March by not cooperating with investigators. Some Kettering police officers were in attendance at Thursday’s hearing.
Meno, who resigned in July, had been with the Kettering police for 11 years and made $96,973 in 2015, according to the I-Team Salary Project. Meno won a prestigious departmental award in 2009 but had been on administrative leave before he resigned.
“I am disappointed by this event as are all the members of the Police Department who work very hard every day to protect and earn the trust of our citizens,” Protsman posted on the department’s Facebook page. “As I stated last May, when someone victimizes one of our citizens, we will do everything in our power to bring them to justice no matter who they are.”
Protsman said he didn’t know if Meno struggled with drug addiction.