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Simpsonville Police officer arrested in connection with police department break-in

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Officer Terry Putnam is escorted out of KSP post 12 in handcuffs Jan. 7, 2015. Officer Terry Putnam is escorted out of KSP post 12 in handcuffs Jan. 7, 2015.
Terry Putnam (Source: Shelby County Detention Center) Terry Putnam (Source: Shelby County Detention Center)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Simpsonville Police officer has been arrested in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars in cash, drugs and guns that were stolen from the Simpsonville Police Department on Friday, Nov. 6, according to a spokesperson for Kentucky State Police Post 12.

According to a news release from KSP, that officer was 54-year-old Terry Putnam. He is charged with first degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, theft by unlawful taking of a firearm, first degree criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking of a controlled substance, official misconduct and tampering with physical evidence.

Putnam has been an officer for 23 years. He was still in uniform when he was handcuffed and put into the back of a KSP car. 

Putnam told WDRB he's innocent and there's surveillance video to prove it.

The police department was broken into around 1 a.m. Later that day, Chief Chip Minnis told WDRB News that an unknown person or persons broke into the evidence lockers once inside the building. They stole approximately $30,000 in cash, an unknown quantity of drugs and handguns.

Simpsonville Police launched a complete evidence audit, while Kentucky State Police began investigating the theft.

Putnam was booked into the Oldham County Jail Thursday evening.

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