PLAQUEMINE —An Iberville Parish sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday in the theft of two large-screen televisions from a local business on Black Friday, Sheriff Brett Stassi said.
Ken Garner, 45, was booked into the parish jail on felony theft and malfeasance in office for his alleged participation in stealing 52-inch and 65-inch televisions from a Wal-Mart in Plaquemine. He resigned Friday shortly after he was arrested, the sheriff said.
Stassi said Garner, a 17-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office, was working an extra patrol detail at the store on Black Friday when he allowed a female to steal a 52-inch television.
The sheriff said Garner told the store clerks the woman had paid for the television.
Garner then asked the woman to return to the store later that day to pick up a 65-inch television he claimed he paid for himself, Stassi said.
Garner picked up the television set that night from the woman’s house, Stassi said.
The sheriff said Garner’s actions were documented on the store’s surveillance footage.
“People hire law enforcement to stop this kind of thing from happening in their stores so it’s very disappointing one of ours would be involved,” Stassi said Friday. “He abused his authority for his own gain.”