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LAPD cop accused of stealing from hotel pleads not guilty

Jeffry Paul Quinton, a veteran LAPD officer, was arraigned Wednesday, March 14, 2012, on charges of felony grand theft and commercial burglary.

March 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A veteran Los Angeles police officer accused of stealing money and other items from a luxury hotel in Orange County has pleaded not guilty.

Jeffry Paul Quinton, 48, was arraigned Wednesday in a Newport Beach courtroom on charges of felony grand theft and commercial burglary.

Quinton, a 21-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, worked a second job as a security guard at the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach. Investigators say he took money from a guest and the hotel's safety deposit box, among other items.

Quinton is out on 20,000 bail. His next court appearance was scheduled for April 27.