HUNTINGTON, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- A former Huntington city council member is in trouble with the law, after police say he was caught red-handed pulling off an inside theft job.
The scene of the crime was the Huntington County Jail.
Stephen McIntyre faces felony charges and has been fired from his jail sergeant position. He was also terminated of his duties as part-time dispatcher.
It’s all because he allegedly stole money from a soda pop fund at work.
McIntyre served on Huntington city council through the year 2011.
According to investigators, a sheriff's k-9 officer was selling soda in the jail to raise money for the care of department animals.
Jail staff grabbing a pop from the break room refrigerator put money in a container nearby.
When officer Dave McVoy noticed he was coming up short of cash, a state police tech installed a hidden camera that police say caught McIntyre dipping into the can on at least ten different occasions from April 3rd through April 18th.
McIntyre's lawyer Justin Wall is suggesting this should be put in proper perspective.
" If you shoplift literally the dollar candy bar from Walmart, you will be charged with a D felony theft, and with that felony carries every negative connotation of a felony, in that you can't vote, you can't have guns, etc., and your employment opportunities are severely hindered," Wall said.
A motive for the alleged theft is not immediately clear, but Wall said his client does have a number of children he is providing for.
He was fired, because we're told he'd been demoted late last year in connection with a “similar” investigation.
Both Huntington County criminal judges have recused themselves, presumably because McIntyre is a former elected official in the county.
A Wells County judge has been asked to takeover the case, and a special prosecutor may also be named.
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