Alleged Theft Lands Former Huntington City Council Member Behind Bars (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – A Huntington County Jail Sergeant finds himself on the wrong side of the law Thursday after being arrested for felony theft.

Steve McIntyre was arrested and terminated for stealing money from his own department. It all started when K-9 officer Dave McVoy started an intra-department fund raiser for his dogs. He was given permission to sell canned soda pop and keep the proceeds to put towards buying new dog leashes and toys.

But by early April he noticed his funds were coming up short. Suspecting robbery, investigators set up a mounted camera between April 3rd and April 18th near the container holding the cash. That's when they allegedly caught Mr. McIntyre stealing money from out of the can a total of 10 times.

On Thursday April 18th, McIntyre was arrested and charged with D-felony theft.

"He's involved in a large number of organizations in this town, and was heavily involved in getting the community corrections program up and going,” says his attorney Justin Wall. “We're asking people to keep an open mind. We think the truth will play out, and that Mr. McIntyre will be found not guilty."

Yet this isn't the first time McIntyre has gotten himself in some hot water. In December 2012 he was demoted from Assistant Jail Commander to Jail Sergeant for what the sheriff’s department is simply referring to as "a similar incident."

The department is not releasing the amount of money McIntyre allegedly stole, but per Indiana law the amount of money is irrelevant as the act still warrants a Class-D felony.

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