Veteran Florida Keys Sgt. Scott Ward was charged with a misdemeanor theft after a internal investigation revealed he stole six lobsters from a boat he pulled over last year, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
He’s accused of taking the lobsters from the boater during a routine resources check off the Upper Keys.
The incident was reported by other deputies who were at the scene.
He has not been arrested.
He will appear before a judge on Aug. 18.
“I am disappointed to have to announce this case, but the public will always hear good news and the bad news from me first, ” Monroe County Sheriff Ricky Ramsay said in a statement.
Ward remains employed by the sheriff’s office and has not been suspended, Linhardt told the Herald.
“Any future action is pending the resolution of the criminal case and the Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs investigation, ” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.
The deputy was hired on Aug. 20, 2007.