Dallas Police Officer Charged With Stealing From Crime Stoppers

By Jack Fink, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas police Senior Corporal Theadora Ross — a 26-year department veteran — said nothing after being arrested Monday.

But now we know what she’s accused of.

Ross and another woman, Malva Delley, are accused of collecting $250,000 in rewards for bogus tips to the Crime Stoppers program for more than five years.

Russell Verney, executive director of the North Texas Crime Commission, which operates Crime Stoppers says, “It’s shocking that it happened, that it happened for so long.”

Verney says it’s not lost on him that the commission, which helps solve crimes, became a crime victim.  “A bit of irony. It’s unfortunate.”

Ross was responsible for taking anonymous tips, and selecting those eligible for a cash reward.

To pick up that reward, tipsters receive a secret code word and tip number, then go to the bank.

But Verney says one legitimate tipster called him and said something was wrong.  “An individual went to pick-up his authorized tip at the bank,” Verney said, “and was told that somebody had preceded him, and had his secret number and his secret code word.”

Verney says they temporarily shut down the program and investigated.

Prosecutors say Ross gave Delley bogus tip and information numbers to collect the cash rewards.

From there, prosecutors say Delley got the money from the bank and split it with Ross.

When we stopped by Ross’ house in Rowlett today, no one came to the door.

Today Dallas police called this indictment “a major breach of public trust.”

Dallas police and the Crime Commission say they have already changed their procedures to keep this from happening again.

The Crime Commission says Crime Stoppers continues to receive numerous tips and pay cash rewards.

Both women have pleaded not guilty in court.

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  • Robbie

    Police officers who breach the public trust should get automatic jail time if convicted and no probation. Their position warrants more strict punishment.

    • Al G. Funguy

      If I kidnapped someone because I thought they were growing the wrong kind of plants, I would be punished.

      By your logic, police officers who do something similar should receive an even harsher sentence.

      I agree.

  • Aunt Bee

    “Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.”
    – Henry David Thoreau


    • Dorothy Kuns

      I think he meant lawyers and stock brokers and the like. Not public servants.

      • Tristen Turner

        Dorothy… lawyers? stock brokers? LOL arent you tinted green with your low level life choices! STOP HATING!!

    • bertram


    • ken

      Thoreau was a bum, and a hack, who couldn’t handle real life.

      • dsimon64

        He also had WAY more brains than you do, Ken. Just because somebody chooses to live close to the land, foregoing the luxuries of modern life, does NOT make him a “bum”.

      • Dave

        That’s what I used to think. Read something other than Walden, the ninth grade requirement. “Civil Disobedience” would be a good start.

  • Tomas Estrada-palma

    Dallas…ain’t that where Kennedy and Oswald got shot while under police protection?

    • Phil


    • Dorothy Kuns

      I really don’t think the police were standing around with their hands in their pockets, Tomas. If someone wants to get through the police and die trying, sometimes, they will.

    • triston turner

      “ain’t” ??? wow enough said right there… go back to school!!!!

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  • Marcus A

    No worries…they will protect their own. They always do. They will get off. If you care do a followup next year you will see, but will bury the story until it is publically forgotten. Happens everytime!

    • Joe Dirt

      You’re absolutely correct. These civil servants need a refresher course in who they work for. They work for the public, not the other way around. Cops should be subjected to rigorous psych evaluations monthly to get the abusers off the force and put behind bars.

      • Dorothy Kuns

        Joe, how much money do you suppose your idea would cost the tax payers? The police are already understaffed with -0- budget available. Now you want to add wasted man-hours for every single police man and woman to undergo a psych eval once a month, not the mention the cost of the evaluators? Think about it again, and try to come up with a more reasonable, logical solution.

  • sacun geddy

    So what does the guy who tiopped them off to this scam get?

    • Tristan Walsh

      he gets put in a cage, whereupon his release he will be attacked by the police and the people he “tipped” the cops off to.

  • kentes1146

    Of course they’re pleading not guilty. Lawyers can’t make any money when a client pleads guilty. Even when they’ve got them dead-bang, guilty.

    Ooops, I used a bad word…….bang. That’s close to a cross-hair.

  • Josh Groban

    Figures….. TYPICAL!

  • Gote Sehks

    Punishment for crimes committed by Police should be SEVERE. I hope they can put her in prison for a long time and make her an example for all to see.

    • oldretiredcop

      That only applies to non African American dirty cops. Don’t be naive.

    • Louis Calabro

      True—cops should know better and should shoulder a heavier burden when it is time to sentence them.

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  • wondering

    if a “bogus tip” was given – why was there a reward?

    • Dorothy Kuns

      Because Theadora Ross was the one who managed the program. She decided which tips were eligible for the rewards. It’s in the article.

  • jim martin

    entrepreneurial spirit run amok

  • Gavrik

    How did I know? Before I even saw the pictures.

    • Pick a fight says...

      If you sir had a cupcake, I would fart upon it!

    • Anger is a gift

      What? that they were women? LOL!

      • les

        i don’t think you got the message here

    • Dorothy Kuns

      Gavrik, I can’t believe you said that! People of ALL races commit crimes! You can read about it all day every day in the news!

    • Flyover Gramps

      Affirmative action in action

      • Oldretiredcop

        Same problem in Memphis. Pitiful.

  • rjp

    Let’s not forget that in Los Angeles two weeks ago Gang Unit members were re-assigned because they refused to disclose their personal financials – terms of the the assignment. There are lots more of them out there stealing every chance they get.

    • Relax

      rjp, you need to know the facts prior to making a comment. The reason why they were re-assigned was because no one should have a public record of your personal bank account information. That was the reason was for the move, would you do that for your job? I didn’t think so…

      • Phil

        If the job requires a truly honest person and bank records are part of the vetting process, then yes! If they knew in advance about the requirement, and they did, why would they then wish to then hide the information? Corruption in this type of situation is so easy and so devastating that participants must be held to the highest standard and provably so!

  • Freddy

    b hussein and her union will be sure that she gets a slap on the wrist…corrupt cops always do!!!!

    • Louis Calabro

      aww, don’t be so sour on the cops. Most cops ARE damn good citizens.

  • josh

    It’s time you DUMMIES know the TRUTH! The only difference between the cops and the robbers is, the ciops wear unifirms!!

    • Jose Garcia

      Actually, the only difference is that 100% of robbers steal, and 2% of cops steal. But that is kind of a big difference.

  • josh

    Excuse my misprints, should have proof read the text before sending.

    • Hemroidious

      No, Josh, we wont excuse or forgive. We are a brutal bunch here. Get it right the first time or you will be punished severely!

  • BoogaBooga

    At least they aren’t butt raping people on the side of the road in broad daylight like they are in Atlanta. Of course there they “claim” they are going to “take action” up to suspending the butt raping officers. How nice of them to violate the constitution by having separate Laws for a privileged class of Government thieves when anyone else would go to jail immediately

  • Bob Strogner

    They won’t lose their pensions. They are all corrupt. “To protect and guard.” What a joke. The public sector is outrageous. Rise up and reject the dishonest and corrupt. We are surrounded by the four corners of deceit in the universe of lies: media, government, science, and academia.

    • Al G. Funguy

      > “To protect and guard.” What a joke

      But they are busy at work protecting your rights. That’s why they need to steal 20% of your paycheck every month as protection money and need to charge you rent to live in your own house that you already own. See, this way they might be able to protect you on the off chance that someone mugs you on the street and steals $20 from your wallet.

  • Ignorance is bliss

    This is just rude. You have no clue why or how she was hired. This is why Americans can’t get along. Smh.

    • PKato

      PRobably part of the Diversity PRogram

    • Anger is a gift

      surely you don’t think that she earned it do you?

    • Anger is a gift

      What? You think it was her pretty smile? … please!

    • Ratt

      Yea, well., I work at a local university, and have seen 1st hand over a dozen jobs created just for minorities. Yea, your right, we can’t get along because to many minorities got jobs they didn’t deserve. porchhound is right, Gov’t jobs must be 50% white, 30% black, 10% Latino, and the last 10% can be a mixture of Koreans, Hatians, Japanese, Hindu’s, Muslims or Chinese.

      There is no such thing as a Honest Cop, Mama Please.

  • http://psychodillic.wordpress.com psychodillic

    HA! Same thing happened down in Palestine, Texas last week. It takes two data points to plot a tread, and I see a trend building. Wonder how many other cities have the same thing happening???

  • casey

    One more reason not to live in Dallas…What a corrupt city!!

    • Dallas corruption by obama sycophants

      the dems took over the city and the county 8 years ago and its been affirmative action heyday since ……… with the biggest city corruption bust ever being quota city councilman and his cronies taking bribes and exhortion ………… had one quota leader commit suicide to keep from facing prosecution and another died before he could be put in jail

  • Hank Warren

    Useless cops stealing more money from taxpayers, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  • denverdan67@yahoo.com

    One more example of the elite police steeling from the public, Police are nothing more than a bunch of thugs in uniform. I wonder how many more of them were in on the take. Probably the judge and procacuter aswell..

    • Joe Pane

      The country is littered with thieves from the White House on down

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