Loudy Pierre Applewhaite, a 12 year veteran of the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR) most recently assigned to the Turner Guilford Knight (TGK) Correctional Center, has been arrested after another joint investigation by the Miami- Dade State Attorney’s Office, the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) and the Miami- Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (MDCR) Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB) revealed that Officer Applewhaite had allegedly stolen several law enforcement items and had them shipped to a convicted felon overseas.
Loudy Pierre Applewhaite has been arrested for and charged with:
- 1 count – Official Misconduct (3rd Degree Felony)
- 2 counts – Grand Theft (3rd Degree Felony)
- 1 count – Petit Theft (2nd Degree Misdemeanor)
The investigation began in March 2018 when several items used by MDCR officers were reported missing from the MDCR warehouse. During this time, Applewhaite was assigned to the MDCR warehouse. In subsequent months, several more items used by law enforcement and specifically by MDCR personnel, including a handheld police radio, antenna, a battery, personal body armor and carriers, disappeared from the warehouse prompting an investigation by MDCR IAB. Applewhaite completed an Inmate Profile System (IPS) Incident Report regarding the missing items and she documented that she had no knowledge of the missing items.
Subsequent investigation and review of surveillance tapes from the warehouse allegedly revealed Applewhaite entering the warehouse with a large yellow and black colored bag that appeared to be empty. Shortly thereafter, she exited the warehouse with the same bag that
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now appeared full. Investigators also learned that Applewhaite’s daughter, Victoria Applewhaite, had been captured on surveillance cameras at the USPS Quail Heights Post Office in South Miami Dade packing what appeared to be the same large yellow and black colored bag, as seen in the MDCR warehouse video, into a USPS box, paying in cash, and shipping it.
The package was addressed to a Victor Applewhaite at a PO Box in St. Croix, Virgin Islands location. It was learned that Victor Applewhaite is Loudy Applewhaite’s ex-husband and a convicted felon. He is also the father of Victoria Applwhaite, the individual seen on USPS surveillance video mailing the box to St. Croix.
“There never can be an excuse for a Corrections Officer sinking to the level of the criminal defendants she oversees,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “Allegedly stealing law enforcement materials that could aid criminal activity and sending those materials to a convicted felon is an obvious formula for disaster. I am relieved that our law enforcement partnership with the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has brought this individual to justice.”
“The Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR) is committed to maintaining a high caliber of employees dedicated to public service and will take appropriate actions when an employee engages in criminal activity such as theft of government property,” said MDCR Director Daniel Junior. “Therefore, as a result of an investigation, an arrest has been made of a Departmental employee, today, October 26, 2018. This investigation demonstrates our firm commitment to maintaining the public trust. We are disappointed that the actions of one employee could distract from the good work and dedication of our employees. MDCR takes allegations of employee misconduct seriously and this arrest should send a strong message that employees involved in these types of crimes will not be tolerated and will be pursued to the fullest extent of the law.”
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