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Update: Las Vegas SWAT Team Commander Charged With Defrauding Elderly Couple of Over $700,000

LVMPD SWAT Team Commander Lt Tom Melton is facing charges relating to defrauding an elderly couple

LVMPD SWAT Team Commander Lt Tom Melton, along with three other people, is facing charges relating to the defrauding of an elderly Las Vegas couple.

In August of last year, I reported on Lt. Tom Melton, the commander of one of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department‘s SWAT teams. At that time, it had just been announced publicly that Melton was under investigation in relation to the financial exploitation of an elderly couple.

As part of that exploitation Lt. Melton persuaded a court to name him as legal guardian and trustee for a couple named Jerome and Beverly Flaherty. On February 14, Melton was was indicted on charges of defrauding an 87 year old widow, who suffered from dementia.

According to the charging documents, he also deceived a court into believing that Beverly Flaherty was still alive after she had died in order to gain control over several of her accounts and then name himself as the beneficiary. One of the couple’s accounts Melton stole from in this manner was the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust.

All told, Lt. Melton was able to steal over $700,000 from Beverly Flaherty and her husband Jerome, both of whom are dead now. In addition, he’s accused of stealing a Ford Explorer. The fraud reportedly took place between December 2010 and May 2017.

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Lt. Tom Melton a SWAT team commander at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has been charged with defrauding an elderly couple

LVMPD SWAT Commander Lt. Tom Melton

In order to facilitate that fraud, Melton hired April Parks, the corrupt and abusive owner of a private for-profit professional guardianship service. Parks, an attorney named Noel Palmer Simpson, and her office manager; Mark Simmons, were also indicted along with Melton for defrauding the Flahertys.

The three of them were already facing over 200 felony charges related to taking advantage of the guardianship system to exploit and defraud the people placed under their supervision. A fifth person, Gary Neal Taylor, who was not indicted in Melton’s case, is also facing seven felony charges for similar crimes he committed in conjunction with Parks, Simpson, and Simmons.

The individual charges include (Melton uses his middle name):

  • Lt. James Thomas Melton: Two counts Exploitation of an Older Person (category B), one count Theft (category B), one count Theft (category C), seven counts Offering False Instrument for Filing or Record (category C), one count Grand Larceny Auto (category C), two counts Perjury (category D)
  • April Parks: One count Exploitation of an Older Person (category B), six counts Offering False Instrument for Filing or Record (category C), one count Perjury (category D)
  • Mark Simmons: One count Exploitation of an Older Person (category B), two counts Offering False Instrument for Filing or Record (category C)
  • Noel Palmer Simpson: One count Exploitation of an Older Person (category B), one count Theft (category C), eight counts Offering False Instrument for Filing or Record (category C), one count Perjury (category D)

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Parks, Simmons, Simpson, and Taylor are all scheduled to begin trial on their previous charges in May of this year. It’s not clear yet exactly when Lt. Melton will be facing trial. However, since the charges are felonies he will no longer be collecting his $300,000+ yearly salary, like he had been while on paid vacation since the formal investigation began last July.

I will update you once again whenever Lt. Melton receives the inevitable plea deal that will allow him to be sentenced to probation.

Original Investigation Report

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Las Vegas SWAT Team Commander Under Investigation For Financial Exploitation of Elderly Couple

Lt Tom Melton LVMPD SWAT Commander Elderly Exploitation

Last week, it was announced that Lieutenant Tom Melton had been placed on administrative leave (AKA paid vacation) as the result of a criminal investigation. Melton is the commander of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department‘s SWAT team. He’s also been one of the public faces of the LVMPD, oftentimes being interviewed by local media and frequently providing briefings at crime scenes.

Initially, Metro declined to give any details about what the nature of that investigation was. However, soon after his suspension was announced a search of public records indicated that he has ties to a woman already facing over 200 charges of defrauding elderly people placed under her care. Lt. Melton had been appointed as legal guardian and trustee for Jerome and Beverly Flaherty, an elderly couple, who have since died. April Parks, the woman previously charged, was awarded co-guardianship of the Flahertys with Melton.

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In March, Parks was indicted on charges including perjury, racketeering, filing false records, theft and exploitation, as part of a for-profit professional guardianship service. Parks has been characterized as the “ringleader of a small group” that included her husband; Gary Neal Taylor, an attorney named Noel Palmer Simpson, and her office manager; Mark Simmons. All four have been accused of taking advantage of the guardianship system to exploit and defraud the people placed under their supervision.

After confirmation was received that Lt. Melton was in fact the focus of an investigation into exploitation of an elderly couple, his attorney denied that he was involved in the fraud. Instead, he maintains that he had only hired Parks to care for the couple, whom he describes as friends of Melton. No other details relating to the nature of the investigation into Lt. Melton’s involvement have been released by the LVMPD.

Of course, it very well could be that he had no involvement in the fraud Parks and her partners are accused of. However, the timing of the suspension could potentially indicate otherwise. The fact that the other people involved were indicted in March and Melton didn’t come under investigation until the end of July would seem to imply that there’s more to it. It’s also a bit contradictory that none of the family members of the hundreds of other victims Parks exploited appear to be under investigation.

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Denver Cop Who Recorded Himself Stealing Cash From Suspect Given Plea Deal For Probation

Information included in the following post was shared with the CopBlock Network anonymously, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

In October of last year, CopBlock Network Contributor Asa J  posted about Officer Julian Archuleta of the Denver Police Department, who apparently forgot he was wearing a body camera and recorded himself stealing $1,200 from the car of a suspect. The car he had taken the money from was involved in a roll over accident during a high speed chase following an incident in which the owner and a passenger had fired shots at two police vehicles.

A detective that reviewed the video as part of the investigation later noticed that the video showed a $100 bill, but the money that had been turned in as evidence did not include any $100 dollar bills.

Via the Denver Post:

On Oct. 7, Archuleta, a patrol officer in northwest Denver, assisted in the investigation after two suspects in a vehicle fired shots in the direction of two police vehicles parked at a 7-Eleven store. A short pursuit ensued, investigators say, ending with the suspects’ vehicle rolling over near the intersection of East 50th Avenue and Washington Street.

The driver took off on foot and a passenger was left unconscious in the vehicle, police said.

Archuleta’s body camera recorded as he searched a suspect’s clothing and took pictures of the wrecked car, according to his arrest affidavit.

In the footage, Archuleta picked up a stack of cash with a $100 bill on top. He removed that bill, and the footage showed him shuffling papers and cash in his patrol car, the affidavit said.

A detective who later reviewed the body camera footage noticed the $100 bill and questioned why only $118 had been logged into evidence. Archuleta later produced $1,200 and told another detective that it must have fallen into his bag, the affidavit said.

The affidavit noted that Archuleta’s actions also violated Denver Police Department policy on handling evidence and/or personal property.

His excuse that it had somehow fallen into his “war bag” unbeknownst to him for some odd reason didn’t work. Archuleta was originally charged with a felony for tampering with physical evidence and two misdemeanors of first-degree official misconduct and theft. In addition, as a result of his evidence tampering and contamination of the scene, the two suspects were never prosecuted (way to have your Brothas’ backs).

Of course, rather than facing any sort of real consequences for his actions, he was instead gifted with a plea deal that allowed him to cop to (you saw what I did there) misdemeanors with the felony being dropped. After entering his guilty plea on Monday, Officer Archuleta was only sentenced to 180 days of probation. He was also allowed to resign instead of being fired.

Obviously, it’ll be a long, hard six months before he can go out and get hired at another police department.

Former Illinois Police Officer Charged With Stealing Over $65,000 From Elderly, Disabled Person

Steve Kneifel, a former officer with the La Grange (IL) Police Department, was charged with writing checks on the account of an unnamed elderly, disabled person with whom he had a legal relationship. The exact nature of the relationship was not disclosed in the indictment from a Cook County Grand Jury. Kneifel, who lives in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, IL, is accused of stealing $65,836 from the victim’s checking account between 2013 and 2015.

Officer Kneifel took a leave of absence from the La Grange Police Department in November 2013. At the time of his indictment in December of 2015, Kneifel was still on leave and was in the process of applying for disability. He had been diagnosed with PTSD and reported having suicidal thoughts, which he attributed to a combination of experiences in Iraq and during his time working as a police officer.

Via the Chicago Tribune:

Steven C. Kneifel, 47, of 165 Shadowbend Drive, Wheeling pleaded not guilty Oct. 17 to the charges of official misconduct, financial exploitation of an elderly person or person with a disability, forgery and theft, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The state’s attorney filed criminal charges against Kneifel following an investigation by the Illinois State Police. Kneifel is accused of committing official misconduct, along with the criminal charges filed, according to a statement from the village of La Grange.

The complaint shows the charges stemmed from a grand jury that met from about April 1, 2013 through March 1, 2015, and allege that Kneifel was in a position of trust or confidence with the victim and had a legal or fiduciary relationship with the victim.

The complaint states that Kneifel made or altered checks that drew on the victim’s bank accounts on a series of occasions, at various times and in various amounts that ranged from $100 to $13,000, from April 5, 2013 through Oct. 11, 2015. The complaint alleges that Kneifel withdrew a total of $65,836 from the victim’s accounts at three different banks.

The complaint also states that as a sworn police officer he “knowingly committed an act which he knew that he was forbidden by law to perform.”

Kneifel was an active police officer with the village from January 1997 until November 2013, when he took a leave of absence. Kneifel was on a leave of absence when the village was made aware of the allegations against him. Kneifel never returned to service as a police officer or any other position for the village, according to the village’s statement.

That’s a lot of money to steal and with the victim being a disabled, elderly person, and therefore in a very vulnerable position, this could be something where the police actually crack down on one of their own and Kneifel ends up with not one, but two sore wrists when all is said and done.

Wife of Henderson Police Lieutenant Arrested For Forgery, Stealing From Las Vegas College, and Drug Charges

Apparently, while Lieutenant John DeVaney of the Henderson (Nevada) Police Department’s Corrections Division was out throwing drug addicts and thieves in a cage his wife was at home trying to see how she could stretch their meager budget of just under $220,000 to accommodate her own drug habit.

Seems like Heidi DeVaney came up with a solution for that problem back in April when she got a job with the College of Southern Nevada, a local community college and then started going the extra mile by stealing and forging checks in order to make ends meet with their limited income.

Unfortunately for her, it looks like someone forgot to tell the CSN police that her husband has one of those Magic Suits and they arrested her. She was fortunate in one respect, though. They took her to the Downtown Las Vegas jail and not the Henderson jail where her hubby works. Cuz that woulda been awkward for everyone.

Via the Las Vegas Review Journal:

The wife of a Henderson police lieutenant was arrested on forgery and theft charges Wednesday in her College of Southern Nevada office.

Spokeswoman K.C. Brekken said CSN police arrested Heidi B. DeVaney, 50, at the college’s campus on West Charleston Boulevard. DeVaney was being held Thursday at the Clark County Detention Center.

Her husband, John C. DeVaney, is a corrections lieutenant with the Henderson Police Department and in 2015 made total salary and benefits of $219,455, according to Transparent Nevada. A Henderson spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday.

Brekken said Heidi DeVaney was hired April 4 as a “temporary classified employee” in the role of an administrative assistant II at the community college. Her annual base salary was $31,090, and her last day of employment was Wednesday, the spokeswoman said.

Officials said Heidi DeVaney’s arrest report was not available Thursday. Jail records show her charges include burglary, petit larceny and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

You know the old saying about Bad Apples not falling far from the tree.

Of course, I’ll guarantee you right now that she’ll still qualify for the Policeman’s Discount and unlike other people that commit crimes to support a drug habit, we’ll be told how tragic the situation is how much she needs help. Then she’ll get a very small slap on the wrist, at worst.

Madison Capitol Police Officer Stole Painting From Wisconsin Governor’s Mansion

Earlier this week, Travis Sackett a former Capitol Police officer, pled guilty to stealing and then selling a painting from the Governor’s Mansion in Wisconsin. The painting, “Gold Fantasy Box” by Aaron Bohrod, was stolen in 2011, but wasn’t discovered missing until January of this year, when an audit of artwork at the mansion revealed its absence. The painting was then located on sale in Connecticut, through internet searches.

Via the Wisconsin State Journal:

Sackett was a Capitol Police officer from March 2, 2009, to Feb. 5, 2011, according to the complaint. He was assigned to the Dignitary Protection Unit at the governor’s residence, working the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.

Though the complaint quotes a state employee, Joan Sample, estimating the artwork to be worth “$100,000 or greater,” the art dealer who bought the stolen painting paid “about $2,000” for it and had it for sale for $3,000. The dealer, Donald Barese, of Don Barese Fine Art and Antiques in Hamden, Connecticut, said he would “probably give it an insurance value of $5,000.” An art exhibit catalog describes it as 12 inches by 16 inches.

Gold Fantasy Box Aaron Bohrod

“Gold Fantasy Box” by Aaron Bohrod

Sample, who works for the state Department of Administration, told Capitol Police Det. Christopher Litzkow she was hired to audit and catalog state-owned property at the governor’s residence in Maple Bluff. All of the artwork was accounted for except a piece by Bohrod, a former UW-Madson artist-in-residence, Monona resident and renowned painter who died in 1992. The painting in its gold and velvet frame was missing from the security room of the residence, according to the complaint.

Sample went to the Internet to search for the missing painting and found it for sale by Barese’s business.

“When the detective asked if it was possible I had a receipt I said, ‘Of course, I’ve got 22 years worth of records in the basement,’” Barese said. He had his canceled check for $1,800, dated March 2, 2011. He said the man who sold it to him described buying the painting at an estate sale for $400.

“He was a good talker,” Barese recalled.

Meanwhile, since his time “protecting” the Governor’s Mansion, Sackett seems to have embarked on a pretty busy career of thievery. In addition to the felony theft charge related to the painting, he also pled guilty to forgery, misuse of someone else’s identity, identity theft, and misdemeanor bail jumping. Those charges are from a separate incident where he tried to turn in a fake document showing that he had completed restitution for a theft case in 2012.

And then there’s this (Via NBC15.com):

Madison Police say a citizen hit a suspected thief with a flashlight and pinned him down until officers arrived.

A 31-year-old Madison man heard his car alarm blaring shortly after 3:00 Thursday morning. He lives in the 4800 block of Valor Way.

There had been a rash of car break-ins in his neighborhood, so he took a flashlight and went out to investigate. He told his wife to call police.

He could see a suspect inside of his neighbor’s car. The man was rummaging through a purse.

When the suspect came out, the homeowner questioned him. The suspect said he lived at the residence and had just moved in yesterday. The man knew that was a lie, because he knows his neighbors well.

The man says the suspect lunged at him. He thought the stranger could be armed, so he swung the flashlight in defense and hit the criminal in the face. He then held the suspect down until police arrived.

30-year-old Travis Sackett was taken to a hospital with facial injuries, and was cited for attempted theft and disorderly conduct.

Apparently, he wasn’t such a good talker that day.

Philly Cop Arrested For Robbing Workers of $38 After Luring Them With Promise of Pizza

In some weird elaborate scheme to steal the pocket money of a couple guys doing side work who he had already not paid for that work, Officer Michael Winkler lured them to a street he was working at in an undercover car with promises of pizza, then made them hand over all the cash they had on them.

Now he’s been arrested by the Bristol Township Police charged with robbery, false imprisonment, and other undisclosed “related charges.”

Officer Winkler has also been suspended and is expected to be fired by the Philadelphia Police.

Via PhillyVoice.com:

A Philadelphia Police officer has been arrested after, law enforcement officials said, he stole $38 from a man he hired to work for him.

On Friday, June 24, Bristol Township Police arrested Philadelphia Police Officer Michael Winkler, 36, of the 15th police district – a 16-year veteran of the force – and charged him with two counts robbery, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of false imprisonment and related offenses following investigation into an incident that occurred on May 5 in Bristol Township.

According to police, at that time, Winkler was on duty, working along the 700 block of Newportville Road in an unmarked city vehicle.

Law enforcement officials said that, at that time, Winkler engaged in a business dispute with males inside of a parked vehicle.

The men told police that Winkler hired them to do work at one of his properties and lured them to the 700 block of Newportville Road with promises of additional money and pizzas.

Instead, police said that Winkler demanded that one of the males give him all of the money in his pockets.

According to police, Winkler stole $38 from one of the men.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross has suspended Winkler for thirty days with the intent to dismiss.

It hasn’t been disclosed yet if there were any specific promises made in relation to what toppings would be on this pizza that was used to entice the victims. I will update if such information becomes available.

**Update** Officer Winkler was given a plea deal and sentenced to probation.

NYPD Civil Asset Forfeiture Thefts Have Spurred Federal Class Action Lawsuit

NYPD Civil Asset Forfeiture Lawsuit
As everyone in the world (and several other parts of the galaxy) knows, civil asset forfeiture laws are essentially a license to steal for police departments. Without any real or substantial evidence being required, members of the Gang in Blue are given the opportunity to snatch cash and other valuables from citizens not affiliated with the mafia family they work for.

Even if those that have had their money and/or property stolen are never convicted or even charged with a crime, it’s very difficult and sometimes impossible for them to get those possessions back. Not only is there no legal burden for the government to prove what they stole was derived from illegal activity, victims of their thievery are instead forced to prove a negative and show that it wasn’t.

There’s no shortage of examples of innocent motorists being preyed upon by Road Pirates, many times based on nothing except the fact that they have out of state license plates. Sometimes, it’s just a crime of opportunity and nothing more. I.E. some very minor “infraction” is spotted by a Revenue Generator and they use that as a pretense to pull a driver over when the true and sole purpose is just to troll for something worth stealing.

The other common source of forfeiture plunder is even more problematic. Along with that license to steal comes a license to kill during drug raids. Once those Drug Warriors suit up in their military gear, strap on their military weapons, and climb into their military vehicles, even babies sleeping in their cribs and innocent neighbors aren’t safe. But that money ain’t gonna steal itself and drugs aren’t gonna disappear from evidence lockers by them self. You know how the old saying about omelets go: sometimes you gotta murder an innocent, 92 year old woman and then plant drugs at her house if you wanna steal her money.

Civil Asset Forfeiture CashOver the years, the for-profit policing methods spurred by the advent of asset seizure laws have been so lucrative that many police departments, especially those in small otherwise crime free communities, have come to derive a good percentage, if not the majority, of their budgets from a combination of forfeiture theft and speedtrap/checkpoint revenue (the latter often overlapping with the former). As was reported by CopBlock Network contributor Asa Jay last week, the Road Pirates in Oklahoma have even come up with a way of stealing money from debit cards recently.

Obviously, New York is a big enough city to have other ways of stealing from citizens beyond relying solely on the police to shake people down directly. However, the world’s seventh largest army, otherwise known as the NYPD, does its share of fleecing people within that city, too. After all, when you have access to what amounts to free money, why not take advantage? (Outside of ethical reasons, which they constantly prove aren’t an issue for them.)

In fact, they have a pretty elaborate system and a set of co-conspirators within the District Attorney’s office working to ensure that people don’t get their money and property back once police find an excuse to grab it. The Bronx Defenders, a law firm that has filed a class action lawsuit against the NYPD on behalf of the victims of asset forfeiture within the city has detailed just how their scheme works within the suit and it’s really pretty simple.

Via the New York Daily News:

“They have set up such a complicated process that some people give up and never get their property back,” said lead attorney Molly Kovel of The Bronx Defenders.

Kaleb Hagis, one of the new plaintiffs, said cops seized his car, $2,932 in cash and four cell phones when he was arrested in Sept. 2015. His vehicle was returned in December, but he is still fighting to get the phones and cash — even though charges against him were dropped in March.

He said the Bronx District Attorney’s office has refused to issue release forms necessary for the NYPD property clerk to hand over the items…

After putting in a request to the NYPD property clerk for the items, an individual has 270 days to get a release form from the district attorney.

After that deadline, the NYPD can “dispose” of the property.

“My case was dismissed,” said plaintiff Kenneth Clavasquin, whose phone was seized when he was arrested in June of last year. “I don’t understand why I can’t get my phone back from the city!”

The original plaintiff, Victor Encarnacion, said he only received his phone taken during his November 2014 arrest after the lawsuit was filed earlier this year and seveal months after his case was dismissed.

Requests by his attorneys were ignored, according to the complaint. During a Sept. 2015 visit to the DA’s office with his attorney, Encarnacion was told he could not get a release.

It’s a good racket if you can run it. After you steal people’s property you give them a limited amount of time to get it back before you are allowed to “dispose” of it. Then you get your friends at the DA’s office to stonewall them until that time runs out. Robbing banks is for amateurs.

Fortunately for them, the guy who gets to decide whether they have to stop stealing people’s money is also on the same payroll as them. More than likely, at worst their robed co-worker will just make it just a little bit more difficult for them to snatch people’s stuff.

John Oliver, of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” explains civil forfeiture laws

Suffolk County Police Officer Convicted of Robbing Latino Drivers During Traffic Stops

Former Suffolk County (NY) Police Sergeant Scott Greene tried to go freelance as a Road Pirate by stopping  Latino drivers and stealing money from them while searching their wallets. Unfortunately for him, his bosses at the Suffolk County Police Department didn’t appreciate not getting their kick back and they set up a sting to catch him in the act in 2014.

On January 15th, Greene was convicted of larceny and official misconduct charges resulting from that investigation. However he was acquitted of 17 other more serious charges that the thefts were a hate crime, based on the fact that his victims were all Latinos. Six of those victims testified at his trial that he had searched their wallets and they later noticed money was missing. Sgt. Greene had admitted to the thefts during the trial, but denied that he targeted the victims based on their ethnicity.

Via ABC 7 NY:

“After hearing all of the available and admissible evidence, the jury determined that Scott Greene was a thief with a badge,” District Attorney Tom Spota said. “We are disappointed they did not believe Greene stole from his victims because of a belief or perception regarding their race, color, or national origin – as the hate crime statute requires. We respect their verdict. This defendant can no longer victimize anyone because of his position as a police officer and we will recommend the maximum term of imprisonment at sentencing…”

The verdict drew immediate calls from Hispanic advocates for a federal takeover of the Suffolk County Police Department, which previously was the focus of a Justice Department probe following the 2008 death of an Ecuadorean man by a group of teenagers.

Greene’s trial took place weeks after the police department’s former chief, James Burke, was indicted on federal charges of abusing a burglary suspect and coercing officers to cover it up. The allegations in that case do not involve Hispanics.

“The verdict is another chilling reminder of a broken relationship between the Suffolk County Police Department and the Latino community,” said Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel for LatinoJustice PRLDEF. “For too long Latinos in Suffolk County have come under attack by police. It’s time for the DOJ (Department of Justice) to step in and stop this continuous pattern of racial abuse.”

Chief James Burke Suffolk County

Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke

As mentioned in the quote above, this conviction comes on the heals of the former Suffolk County police chief being charged in Federal court with beating a man that had been accused of stealing “a duffel bag full of porn and sex toys” from the chiefs official police vehicle. He then coerced (no doubt that was difficult) other officers within the department to cover up the beating.

Former Chief James Burke was previously promoted to Sergeant, starting his meteoric rise to the top of the Suffolk County Police Department, shortly after being caught having a sexual relationship with a drug dealing prostitute. He was appointed police chief after the previous chief was forced to step down due to an investigation into his involvement in political fundraising. In November, the Good Cops at the SCPD allowed Burke to collect $434,370 in unused sick time and vacation after being forced to resign.

Minnesota Cop Caught Stealing From Kids’ Holiday Toy Drive And Drugs From County Drop Box

Deputy Travis Sebring definitely has to be the front runner for Police Officer of the Year with this entry into the “Most Inappropriate Crime Spree” portion of the annual Bad Apple Pageant and Parade.

Via the SCTimes.com:

A Meeker County sheriff’s deputy charged with stealing from the county law enforcement center and courthouse has resigned, the sheriff’s office announced Thursday.

Travis Sebring appeared in court Thursday facing four felonies, including three counts of drug possession and one count of theft. A criminal complaint against Sebring says he stole multiple times from a drop box for excess prescription drugs, stole two large garbage bags full of toys from a county Christmas toy drive, and also stole a wooden chair from a government building.

According to the complaint:

Chief Deputy Dan Miller saw Sebring, who was off-duty at the time, digging through the drug drop box on Nov. 25. The drop box is meant for members of the public to drop off excess prescription drugs for proper disposal, and as a deputy Sebring had a key to the box. Sheriff Brian Cruze then reviewed video surveillance of the area where the box is located and saw a pattern of Sebring digging in the box, taking out a bag, leaving view of the camera, and then returning and placing the bag back in the box.

On Dec. 19, Cruze reviewed video of Sebring walking through the basement of the courthouse carrying two full garbage bags. The basement was full of toys donated for a program providing toys to families in need of holiday assistance. Sebring took the bags into his squad car and left with them at the end of his shift, the complaint states.

On Jan. 2, Cruze viewed video of Sebring taking a wooden chair from the courthouse and placing it in his squad vehicle before ending his shift and leaving with the chair.

On Tuesday, sheriff’s investigators placed two bottles of a controlled substance in a plastic bag and left it in the drop box. Around 30 minutes later, Sebring took the bag from the box, and he later returned it empty, the complaint states. When investigators approached him, he admitted he had been stealing from the box for up to a year for personal use. He also admitted he took toys from the toy drive and gave them to family members. And he said he had taken the chair and it was currently in his garage.

Authorities searched his home and found several toys, the chair, and more than 100 prescription medication tablets.

Admittedly, it’s early in the year and some cops are able to get well below the typical and expected levels of scumbag limbo almost as if they’ve been formally trained to do so. However, it’s hard to see someone beat getting drugged up on stolen drugs, while literally stealing toys from children. (At Christmas, no less.) The wooden chair thing is a bit confusing, but I’m assuming that counts toward some sort of tie-breaker or bonus points on the Bizarro World Point Scale. So, he’s got that extra cushion inside his bag of stolen toys, as well. (You saw what I did here.)

I suppose there’s always room for a dark horse to play spoiler, but it’s hard to even envision that happening at this point. Well played Former Deputy Sebring!