Halls Tennessee Police Officer Jason Colvin Arrested After Indictment For Theft, Official Misconduct, And Other Charges – Bought Stolen Gun From Felon And Tried To Sell At A Pawnshop

June 6, 2012

HALLS, TENNESSEE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Halls Police Department officer on Tuesday after he was indicted by the Lauderdale County Grand Jury on Monday.

Jason Colvin, 32, of Halls, Tenn. was charged in the indictments with three counts of official misconduct, one count of theft more than $500 and less than $1,000, one count of accessory after the fact, one count of facilitation of a felony and compounding.

According to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation release, the TBI was requested to open an investigation on Colvin on April 12, 2012, after the Halls Police Department received a complaint on him. The allegations against Colvin included that while he was working as an officer for the Halls Police Department, he obtained a handgun from a person known to be a convicted felon and attempted to sell a stolen handgun at a pawnshop in Halls.

Colvin was arrested and booked into the Lauderdale County Jail on Tuesday. He has been on paid leave from the department, but he has now been placed on unpaid leave.

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Veteran Los Angeles County California Deputy Sheriff Rafael Zelaya Arrated Arrested After 4 Month Investigation – Faces Charges For Drugs, Reciving Stolen Property, And False Police Reports

June 3, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – A deputy in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of drug possession and other crimes, a sheriff’s official confirmed Saturday.

Rafael Zelaya, 35, was relieved of duty after his arrest Thursday. Along with the drug possession allegation, he is accused of receiving stolen property and filing false police reports. Zelaya, who has been on the force for six years, had been under investigation by the sheriff’s internal affairs unit for four months leading up to his arrest.

Further details of the allegations against Zelaya were not known. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore confirmed the arrest but refused to elaborate on what the deputy is alleged to have done.

Zelaya was taken into custody at the department’s East Los Angeles station without incident while he was off-duty. He is being held at Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A. in lieu of $500,000 bail while awaiting his arraignment, Whitmore said.

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Former Clay County Missouri Deputy Sheriff Miles A. Guthrie Arrested, Charged With Receiving Stolen Property And Unlawful Use Of Weapon

May 17, 2012

LIBERTY, MISSOURI – Prosecutors have charged a former Clay County deputy sheriff with receiving stolen property and unlawful use of a weapon.

Miles A. Guthrie, 22, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by personnel from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. He had worked in the office for six months.

A release from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office did not specify the type of stolen property involved in the charges.

Prosecutors said he was being held in lieu of $25,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court next week.

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Three Washington DC Police Officers Arrested In Undercover Sting Involving Stolen Property

March 9, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Three D.C. police officers were arrested Tuesday in an undercover sting involving the purchase of supposedly stolen goods, an operation similar to one over the weekend that led to the arrest of another officer in the same police district, the department said.

The three officers, assigned to the Fourth District station in the Brightwood area of Northwest Washington, were charged with attempting to possess stolen property after they agreed to buy what they thought were stolen electronics in a sting run by the internal affairs unit, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said at a news conference.

On Saturday, in what Lanier called “an independent and separate” sting by internal affairs investigators, Officer Jennifer N. Green, 28, was arrested after she accepted money that she thought had been stolen in a burglary, police said in a court affidavit.

The officers arrested Tuesday were identified as Guillermo Ortiz, Silvestre Bonilla and Dioni Fernandez. The men, who have been on the force for seven to nine years, were placed on leave, as was Green, a five-year member of the department.

Lanier would not discuss details of the investigation that led to the latest arrests or why the men were targeted. But some specifics probably will become public Wednesday when the three officers make their initial appearances in D.C. Superior Court.

She said the department has conducted an increased number of undercover “integrity checks” on officers in recent months, and she suggested that the four officers did not pass theirs, resulting in the internal affairs investigations.

“Every day, officers pass those integrity checks,” Lanier said. “It is a tragic thing that in this case, and in the case [Saturday], these officers not only took for granted their positions, but tarnished the image of a great police department and disrespected the police officers who go out every day and put their lives on the line.”

The allegations against Green, Ortiz, Bonilla and Fernandez could affect criminal cases that they have worked on as police officers, Lanier said.

“Obviously, every case involving these officers will be looked at,” she said, standing outside the Fourth District station. “Are those cases in jeopardy? Absolutely they are.”

Asked whether more arrests could be forthcoming, she said, “We feel pretty confident that we have who we need to have, and we don’t believe there will be additional individuals.”

The chief declined to say whether the men were aware of one another’s alleged criminal activities. She said none of them is accused of being in league with Green, who is accused of helping a man locate a house Saturday night, waiting in a car with a police radio while the man supposedly committed a burglary and then pocketing $600 in proceeds.

The man was an informant working for the internal affairs unit, police said.

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