FRANKFORT, Ind. - An officer with the Frankfort Police Department accused of stealing money while driving a department vehicle pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday.
Investigators said Randy Emery, 48, was arrested at his home Tuesday on a felony theft charge.
Troopers with the Indiana State Police said Emery was transporting money in his squad car while he was off duty.
He worked for Good Oil Company part time and was allegedly responsible for transporting money from a BP gas station to a local bank, authorities said.
According to court documents, a company audit revealed some irregularities and a police search of his vehicle turned up several deposit envelopes that had been ripped open with most of the money gone.
"It's always hard to do an investigation on somebody that you work with or have worked with or they work in the same profession, but as any other job, you're supposed to uphold the law," ISP Sgt. Kim Riley said.
Detectives believe Emery could be responsible for stealing more than $147,000 from the company since last summer.
Police chief Troy Bacon said the allegations were troubling.
"It affects all departments, but a smaller one where everybody knows everybody, it really affects everybody on a real emotional level," Bacon said.
Aware of how the public might perceive the case, both the Frankfort and Indiana State police are asking citizens to look at the bigger picture.
"For every one that's bad out there, there are hundreds that do a good job, that abide by the law, that follow the rules and are more than happy to help the citizens of the State of Indiana," Riley said.
Emery’s trial is tentatively scheduled for May.