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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A Daytona Beach police officer has been fired over allegations that include taking high-priced coffee from a beachside Starbucks, threatening slow response times to the business if they didn't give him the coffee and lying.
Major Garvin, 49, a lieutenant with the department, was fired this week by Chief Mike Chitwood following an internal investigation into the matter that began with complaints from Starbucks' employees. They accused Garvin of visiting the business at 250 N. Atlantic Ave. up to six times a night and refusing to pay for premium drinks when the only drink offered free to police officers is "drip coffee," according to reports.
Garvin could not be reached for comment Thursday, but in a July 7 memo to Chitwood he wrote: "I flatly deny all allegations that have been brought against me." But a polygraph examiner said he wasn't being truthful during an inquiry. "It is the opinion of the examiner that there were specific reactions indicative to deception on the subject's response to questions concerning decline or refusal to pay for beverages as well as threatening adverse potential police response times in lieu of denial of free beverages," wrote Joseph Morosco, the polygraph examiner, after Garvin submitted to a lie-detector test.