VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Valdosta police officer was fired Thursday evening and charged with theft by taking, violation of his oath of office, and tampering with evidence.
Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said that in December, Officer Trey Gandy responded to a call about a resident finding two shotguns and a watch on his property and did not know where the items had come from.
Childress said Officer Gandy retrieved the items, but only turned one of the shotguns and the watch in to evidence and kept the other shotgun.
The owner of the items was eventually located, but when the owner came to pick up the items at the police department they said that there should've been two shotguns instead of one.
The police department began an internal investigation, questioning the person who found the items as well as the owner of the items. Officer Gandy was called into the police department for questioning Thursday evening, after which, said Chief Childress, Officer Gandy was, terminated, arrested, and taken to the Lowndes County Jail where he bonded out a short time later.
"I hope the public understands I'm embarrassed," said Chief Childress. I hope they also understand that we were up front about it, we arrested our own. We showed no biases. This department sees no color, no race, no sex, no religion."
Chief Childress said Officer Gandy did give them a motive, but Chief Childress would not say what that motive was Friday because the case had not yet gone to court.