A misdemeanor larceny charge against Morrisville Town Councilman Steve Rao was dismissed after he completed a program for first-time offenders.
Rao, 42, was cited in January after Morrisville police viewed security video footage that showed him leaving a Kangaroo Express store on Davis Drive with a pair of $1.99 gloves he hadn’t paid for.
At the time, Rao called the incident a mistake. He said he was shaken up by the news he received a few hours earlier that day about a former co-worker who had committed suicide.
Police said there were allegations of other shoplifting incidents at the convenience store involving Rao. Rao did not face additional charges.
As part of his deal with the court, Rao was ordered to stay away from the Kangaroo store. He paid $430 in court fees, according to Wake County records, and he completed 75 hours of community service at Helping Hand Mission of Cary
The charge was dismissed on June 6 after Rao finished the program.
“My mind was not in the Kangaroo mart when I made this mistake,” Rao said. “I accepted responsibility and wanted to be treated like any other citizen.”
Rao joined the council in 2011 and became the town’s first Indian-American elected to office. He is up for re-election in November, and he said he plans to file to keep his at-large seat.
“I am sorry this incident occurred and grateful it has been resolved,” he said. “I look forward to continuing my work on the council, connecting Morrisville to the world and attracting high- paying jobs.”