Charges: Deputy stole prescription drugs, toys, wooden chair


A Minnesota sheriff's deputy has been charged after police say he stole from a law enforcement prescription drug drop-off box and took toys from a toy drive.

Travis Sebring, 33, of Grove City, was charged Thursday, and has resigned from his position as deputy sheriff in Meeker County, according to a news release.

According to the criminal complaint:

The investigation into Sebring's actions began in November when Meeker County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Dan Miller saw Sebring – who wasn't on-duty at the time – take drugs from a prescription drug drop-off box. His "pattern" of looking through the box was captured on surveillance video.

Sebring, as a member of the sheriff's office, had a key for the box and was tasked with properly emptying it.

When questioned by investigators, Sebring admitted to taking the medications from the box for personal use, and has been doing so for as long as a year.

He also admitted to taking two garbage bags filled with toys from the government building and gave them to family members, as well as taking a wooden chair from the sheriff's office – all were items that weren't supposed to be taken.

After searching Sebring's home, officials found more than 100 prescription pills, a marijuana pipe, a small amount of marijuana, the stolen toys and chair. Investigators also found prescription medications in his squad car.

Sebring faces nine charges: three felony counts of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, felony theft, misconduct of a public officer or employee, two counts of misdemeanor theft, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He made his first court appearance Thursday and was released on his own recognizance (meaning he promised to not engage in illegal activities and show up for future court appearances, AboutBail writes).

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