HOUSTON -- A man, who reported that a Houston police officer stole money from him during a traffic stop, says he has lost trust in law enforcement officers.

Officer Stefan Riha was suspended after he was arrested and charged Tuesday with theft. Riha s arrest came after an internal affairs investigation. Houston Police Department investigators said they nabbed Riha after he took $1,100 from an undercover officer.

Riha has been with HPD for four years and was assigned to the Midwest Patrol Division.

Karem Saleem was among the citizens whose complaints of shake downs during traffic stops triggered the investigation.

Saleem said he was pulled over last week by Riha in southeast Houston. Not on the street, but in an apartment parking lot.

He didn't actually pull me over and stop until I was parked where I was going. He comes over and says whose car is this, he said.

The officer told Saleem he had no insurance and a suspended license. He said Riha asked to search his car and person and took his phone and wallet, then put him in the back of the patrol car.

After 20 minutes he said Riha let him go.

He said, If I were a bad cop I could have really caused you some trouble. I was like, Yes sir, I was thinking that this guy is giving me a break. Maybe I do have something wrong with my license, Saleem said.

Saleem said he felt relief until a couple hours later.

When I leave to go and get some gas. I get my wallet and I think, Wow this is kind of light. Lo and behold he robbed me, he said.

Saleem declined to give the exact amount and would only say it was a substantial amount of cash. After moments of anger he said he called one of his personal training clients -- attorney and law professor Gavin Clarkson. Clarkson told Karem to call HPD.

Internal affairs has done a fantastic job of getting a crooked cop off the street quickly. There is still the fact that my client has lost a substantial amount of money, Clarkson said.

Saleem said he is missing something else too.

A police officer -- someone that we highly respect and are supposed to look up to, call for protection -- if you can't trust him, who can you trust, he said.

Riha faces 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if he is convicted. He is suspended with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.

He was released from jail on $5,000 bond.

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