updated 3/30/2009 9:09:56 PM ET 2009-03-31T01:09:56

Police arrested a school safety officer, saying he demanded $300 from a woman after finding her cell phone. The 30-year-old man, who works at Lawrence High School in Massachusetts, was charged with theft of lost mislaid property Saturday.

Police said the woman lost the phone at a Wal-Mart. The man found it and first told her she'd have to pay him $200 if she wanted it back. Police said he later upped the price to $300.

The woman called police, who set up a sting operation.

The man was arrested after he met the woman at a racetrack parking lot. She gave the man an envelope containing $21.

After he was arrested, the man told police he was embarrassed and had made a mistake. He faces arraignment in Salem District Court next month.

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