SPENCER, Indiana — A south central Indiana police officer was arrested Friday for stealing drugs from police storage, Indiana State Police said.
Sergeant James Bradley Deckard with the Spencer Police Department was arrested on official misconduct and theft charges following an ISP investigation.
Deckard, 39, is an 18-year law enforcement veteran who, for the last 10 months, has worked as an officer in Spencer, Indiana.
The investigation began when the Owen County prosecutor asked ISP to investigate an officer, identified as Deckard, allegedly taking items from secured storage. Detectives with the Indiana State Police Special Investigation Section assumed the lead on the case.
Detectives said Deckard used his authority to take illegal narcotics and controlled substances from the DEA Drug Take Back Container stored within the Spencer Police Department.
According to court documents, Deckard told investigators he stole prescription pills from the Spencer Police Department Evidence Room "a dozen or more times."
Court documents say Deckard also admitted to taking Lortab and cocaine and traded them for Adderall with a trooper with the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post.
Deckard was arrested and booked in the Owen County Jail. ISP said he posted bond early Friday morning.