BY SARAH STEPHENS, OWNER/EDITOR
A former Wetumpka Police Officer is in custody after being terminated from the department recently on multiple allegations of misconduct.
Sean Blackburn, a now former officer and detective for the WPD, was let go after accusations of theft from the department’s evidence locker were investigated. He was arrested this morning, Nov. 19, and charges include two counts of Theft II. There will be some cases compromised that the department had going, but no major or violent crimes have been identified so far.
Wetumpka Police Department Assistant Chief Ed Reeves confirmed to the Elmore/Autauga
It began as an internal investigation within the department and when enough evidence was gathered to indicate there was a serious problem, it was turned over to the State Bureau of Investigations with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
“When it came to our attention, we didn’t try to hide anything,” Chief Reeves said. “But we want it known that we will investigate one of our own. At this point, I cannot say anything else as this is now in the hands of the SBI.”
Reeves said the department is devastated, but they will enforce the law for anyone, including one of their own when necessary.
District Attorney Randall Houston said, “It is sad when we have to arrest one of our own, especially one we have known since he was a child.”
This is a breaking story, and we will update when possible. We have reached out to the State Bureau of Investigation, and hope to have a response from them in an updated story.