Moulton officer arrested for theft and an ethics violation

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Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter says one of his officers has been arrested by the State Bureau of Investigation. 

Officer Jeremy Wakefield, 39, was arrested on charges of theft of property in the second degree and an ethics violation. 

Wakefield is accused of stealing items from a Walmart while on duty. 

McWhorter said the Walmart in Moulton notified them of surveillance video they had of Wakefield taking electronics to the store’s garden center and placing them outside the fence. McWhorter said the video then shows Wakefield putting the items in his patrol car.

McWhorter said Wakefield was in his uniform and on-duty at the time. Investigators believe this happened more than once. 

The Moulton Police Department contacted the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to handle the case.  Investigators arrested Wakefield around 7:30p.m. on Wednesday night. 

Officials say stolen property was recovered at Wakefield’s home after a search warrant was served. The video was turned over the State Bureau of Investigation along with the stolen items recovered from Wakefield’s home..

McWhorter said the items are valued at $1,600 but that number could grow and his charges could be upgraded as the investigation continues.

Wakefield is being held in the Lawrence County jail on a $15,000 bond.

Wakefield has been an officer for about a year with Moulton PD.

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