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Terrell Co. deputy suspended, charged with theft

A Terrell County Deputy Sheriff Casey turned himself in at the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning, but bonded out. (Source: WALB) A Terrell County Deputy Sheriff Casey turned himself in at the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning, but bonded out. (Source: WALB)
Ricky Casey, 36, was charged with misdemeanor theft of mislaid property and could face more. (Source: Dougherty County Sheriff's Office) Ricky Casey, 36, was charged with misdemeanor theft of mislaid property and could face more. (Source: Dougherty County Sheriff's Office)
An hour after he reported it to store officials, he got a Facebook message from Terrell County Deputy Ricky Casey, saying he had found his wallet. (Source: WALB) An hour after he reported it to store officials, he got a Facebook message from Terrell County Deputy Ricky Casey, saying he had found his wallet. (Source: WALB)
District Attorney Greg Edwards said the Grand Jury could file felony violation of oath of office if the case comes before them. (Source: WALB) District Attorney Greg Edwards said the Grand Jury could file felony violation of oath of office if the case comes before them. (Source: WALB)
Chris Shoenfeld from Asheboro, North Carolina told police he dropped his wallet near the drink machine at the Walmart on North Slappey July 25th. (Source: Chris Shoenfeld) Chris Shoenfeld from Asheboro, North Carolina told police he dropped his wallet near the drink machine at the Walmart on North Slappey July 25th. (Source: Chris Shoenfeld)
TERRELL CO., GA (WALB) -

A Terrell County Deputy Sheriff Casey turned himself in at the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning, but bonded out.

Ricky Casey, 36, was charged with misdemeanor theft of mislaid property and could face more.

Investigators with the Albany Police Department said he stole $200 from the wallet of a North Carolina man, who dropped the wallet at an Albany Walmart.

Chris Shoenfeld from Asheboro, North Carolina told police he dropped his wallet at the Walmart on North Slappey July 25th.  

An hour after he reported it to store officials, he got a Facebook message from Terrell County Deputy Ricky Casey, saying he had found his wallet.

"I was actually overjoyed that my wallet was found," said Shoenfeld.

Shoenfeld got his wallet, but then went to Walmart officials and asked to see the surveillance video.

He said the video shows him drop the wallet, and then a deputy in uniform pick it up, and take it to the customer service.

"Thumbed through my wallet, saw my ID, opened the billfold where you would see the cash. Turns around looked to see if anybody was there, turned around and picked his bags up, walked out.  Went to his car, never made contact with anyone in the store," said Shoenfeld.

After Albany Police viewed the video, warrants for Casey's arrest were issued.

Tuesday morning he turned himself in. He was released on $1,500 bond.

District Attorney Greg Edwards said the Grand Jury could file felony violation of oath of office if the case comes before them.

"He is a law enforcement officer, and there is a level of trust that is inherent with that," said Edwards.

"Talking with the local police department, who was there and witnessed the video with me, I literally got the look right in my face that said, you know, all cops are not bad cops," said Shoenfeld.

Terrell County Sheriff John Bowens said he suspended Casey Monday when he saw the surveillance video.

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