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Former Marion County deputy charged in prescription drug thefts

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INDIANAPOLIS -

A former Marion County Sheriff's deputy faces burglary and theft charges after police say he stole prescription pain killers from a friend's home.

Douglas Tibbs, 33, quit his job amid the investigation. He's accused of taking hydromorphone pills from a friend's home.

Tibbs was arrested at his attorney's office Thursday. He faces two counts of burglary, one count of theft, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.  He is currently being held at the Arrestee Processing Center.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Tibbs told investigators that while he was visiting a friend's home, he secretly unlocked the front door, knowing that the friends would not be home later. He allegedly later returned through the unlocked door and took some of the pills.

Tibbs told police he was addicted to controlled substances after taking Vicodin for post-surgery pain. At the time of the alleged theft, Tibbs did not have a valid prescription for any controlled substance.

Tibbs resigned Tuesday from the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.

Channel 13 learned that Tibbs played a big role this past April in collecting prescription drugs in Carmel. That's when Crime Stoppers teamed up with DEA agents for an area-wide prescription drug collection.

Tibbs, who also worked as the mascot McGruff the Crime Dog, turned in his patrol car, gun, uniforms and badge Tuesday.

We will continue to follow this developing case as prosecutors release more information.

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