HASTINGS (WCCO) — A Hastings police officer has been charged with theft in an unusual criminal case where he allegedly stole a wine bottle opener from a bar, according to Eagan Police.

According to the criminal complaint, off-duty Hastings police officer Rene Doffing, 47, allegedly entered a Green Mill in Hastings on Nov. 22, 2010 and stole a wine bottle opener while the bartender was not looking.

A witness, who was an off-duty officer from another jurisdiction, reported the incident to a restaurant manager. The manager told police that she then went to Doffing and asked for the bottle opener. She said he initially looked surprised, but then handed over the opener to her and she left.

The bottle opener is valued at about $10.

Doffing was charged with one misdemeanor count of theft, which carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and/or a maximum fine of $1,000.

Comments (31)
  1. Bring the REAL news dot com says:


    1. Hoover says:

      Because DingDong…It exposes yet another Crooked Cop…….What else has she stolen? How much evidence is missing? Wake Up dingdong!

  2. JackieM says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me!

  3. PJ says:

    Who even cares, yet you would think that after paying an overly charged meal, one would be entitled to a suveniour. Quiet interesting that they BOTH happen to be cops.

  4. sue says:

    lol this is under the story about a whole family dying in a plane crash. thats insulting

    1. PJ says:

      Totally agree with you. Too bad this was a member of our forces. Honestly its not that big of a deal. When he robs a bank, let me know! 🙂

  5. Rob Wagner says:

    PJ, your an idiot just like the cop!!!

    1. PJ says:

      Certainly one who insults and name calls deserves all fingers pointed in their direction. Mature. This is the thred for comments and opinions. Last time I checked I was still in USA

    2. Cindy says:

      Rob Wagner you are the only missing the point here, others
      are commenting on the news story all you can
      do is name call… grow up!

    3. Grammar Corrector says:

      Rob, practice your grammar! Do you not know the difference between your and you’re? You’re is you are. Learn. Peace out!

  6. Peter says:

    Very Interesting,
    This small theft is probably only the tip of the iceberg so to speak.

    With all of the trust that is given to police officers today I wonder how many other crimes this officer has commited.
    Is it?
    To Protect and Serve.
    To Pilfer and Swipe?

  7. Ignorance must be bliss says:

    Just like any other officer that is caught doing something they should not, this officer will get a slap on the hand and probably not even get this recorded or anything. They take care of each other and this will be swept under the rug as it has always happened in the past.
    For the people that say this is not news, I would have to wonder why you would not want to know about the local police force being corrupt in ANY way? As Peter stated, these people have sooooooooo much power that I want to know what they do that is wrong just to know that the watchers are being watched as well.

  8. Police Officer says:

    Dear Ignorance, Thank you so much for lumping all police officers together, it is so appreciated. As a police officer who is disgusted with the actions of this officer, I can assure you that we do not “take care of each other” in the manner you are implying. You obviously know nothing about our work. We do not have soooooooo much power. We are scrutinized under a microscope every second of our shifts. No matter we do, some think we did too much, some think we did too little. We have to answer to citizens, attorneys, courts and judges. Most of us do our jobs with integrity and honor. Please don’t assume you know a thing about me and/or lump all officers together as bad poeple. But even if you do, rest assured that when you need us, we’ll be there to protect you, save your life or whatever else it is that you need, even as you belittle us and prove YOUR ignorance.

    1. Ignorance must be bliss says:

      Police Officer
      I do understand that you would be frustrated with comments like the one that I made here, but when you look at what police have done and continue to do you have to understand that the public opinion of police is not going to be so positive. I have worked with police on and off for 5 years now and can tell you that I have met some police officers that I am proud to call my friends. They understand why the public does not have a sweet and innocent view of them and this is justified. I would put the Gang Strike Force Unit as an example of what I am talking about. They were breaking the law for a long time with no repercussions until recent months. If you look across the nation there is not a day that goes by where a police officer does not abuse the power they have been given. I am not implying nor did I in the statement made that police officers do not have “integrity and honor” in doing the job that they have been given. In most cases I deal with the officers seem to have a feeling of entitlement that they must be respected (because of a badge) without ever respecting the person that they are working with no matter if they are a criminal or not. I am very sorry if I struck a nerve with you and appreciate you if you are one example of the opposite of which I spoke of. I would like to say though, I chose the job that I currently hold just as I would assume you did. Therefore I do not feel that you are justified to try to belittle me since you should have known what you were walking into. You do not become a cook with the thought that every single person is going to like your food just as you should not become a police officer thinking that everyone is going to trust you and automatically assume that you are a trustworthy and honorable person as your own colleges have tainted the name that you stand for. I guess what I am saying is until I see a change in how police interact with the people (employers) my opinion of police officers will not change. The saying.. lead by example comes to mind.

  9. Lynn says:

    This is embarrassing to me. 😦

    I like to think the best of people. It is not… hard… for me to see a person in a bar who after a drink accidentally stick a wine bottle opener in a pocket. It does not say he left with it; even if Rene Doffing, 47, did leave he looked surprised and handed it back.

    This makes me sick that a off-duty officer from another jurisdiction would do this to a fellow policeman.

  10. LJGibbs says:

    It also doesn’t say that the off-duty officer did this knowing it was another police officer. It was an off-duty officer reporting something that allegedly was a crime. If it was a misunderstanding, there probably wouldn’t have been charges filed…

  11. Police Officer says:

    Why would it make you sick that an officer would “do this” to another officer? If an officer sees a crime being committed, they should act, it shouldn’t matter who the other person is. Gibbs is right, if it was a simple misunderstanding, no charges would’ve been filed and you would never have heard about it.

  12. RichN says:

    I used to get drunk and walk right out of bars with cocktails and get into my car and drive away! This is what I did for a laugh. Now I’m a reformed drunk with many years sober. Cut this cop some slack!

  13. RichN says:

    Cut this dude some slack! My favorite thing to do was order a LongIsland Tea and then walk out of the bar with it and get in my car and drive away! Just for laughs……$hit happens when you party! p.s. I learned my lesson about doing that!

  14. Police Officer says:

    Other than missing the point of the comments, you sound like a fun guy. Glad you learned your lesson 😉

  15. rich says:

    Police officers “taking care of their own” is big falsehood,when it comes to kissing up to the chief or stabbing each other in the back to get a promotion,cops are some of the best at it,also when it comes to testifying at an officers hearing they get told what to say or else there will be big problems for them from their superiors

    1. rich l. says:

      Just so everyone knows the “rich” commenting on police officers taking care of their own is a different “rich” than the long island tea rich

  16. Police Officer says:

    Thank you Ignorance! I appreciate your explanation. I grew up in a law enforcement family so I certainly knew what I was getting into! That doesn’t make it any easier to have people assume things about you because you wear a badge. People don’t assume you are power hungry or a jerk because you are a cook. I hope the reason that bad cops still make headlines is that it is not the norm and that’s why its news. If it was normal, no one would care and it wouldn’t be a headline. Rest assured that the Gang Force and other cops who do illegal things or who are just arrogant jerks are a complete embarassment to the thousands of polcie officers who do a great job day in and day out. You don’t hear about that because its normal and boring I guess.
    Rich, we need to go have one of the Long Island Iced Teas. You are a riot!

  17. Wow says:

    rich, you sound like a bitter cop who didn’t get a promotion you wanted…

    1. rich l says:

      happy to say i am not a cop,but had a close family member that was one and found out how cops “stick” together the hard way

  18. Police Officer says:

    rich I.
    Sorry you and your family had a bad experience. I will be the first to say that some cops “eat their young.” Just another reason for me to remember why I do the job and that I get along much better when I treat everyone with respect and decency. This has been fun, but I have to go to work 😉 Be safe everybody and have a great year!!

    1. rich l says:

      thank-you for your comment,take care and be safe

  19. Ignorance is a hypocrite says:

    Ignorance must be bliss–Why was it okay for you to “belittle” police and previous commentors in your first post, but when you got called out on it, you got all self-righteous and pouty? Apparently you can dish it out, but can’t take it.

    1. rich l says:

      was that meant for me?

      1. Ignorance is a hypocrite says:

        No, for the one titled “Ignorance must be bliss”

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