Kentucky State Police say Simpsonville officer charged with theft from station refused polygraph
A Simpsonville officer accused of breaking into the police station and stealing evidence was arraigned in Shelby County today.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Simpsonville police officer accused of breaking into the police station and stealing evidence was arraigned in Shelby County today.
Police say Terry Putnam stole thousands of dollars in cash, drugs and from the Simpsonville Police Department on Nov. 6. Putnam has been an officer for 23 years, and has worked in several states, including Hawaii, Florida and most recently Kentucky.
Police say he stole $30,000 in cash along with evidence for several pending cases. Now the Shelby County Commonwealth's Attorney says many of those cases could be in jeopardy.
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's attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Putnam has told WDRB that he is innocent and says there's surveillance video to prove it.
During Tuesday's arraignment, Putnam's attorney said he has received credible threats while in jail because he is a police officer. He asked the judge to lower Putnam's bond from $50,000, saying he is not a flight risk.
The judge declined to lower Putnam's bond because drugs and weapons were stolen, and says he believes Putnam is a flight risk.
Simpsonville police chief Chip Minnis says Putnam remains employed as a Simpsonville police officer, but is on unpaid suspension. Attorneys say any case Putnam was the lead investigator on will likely be dismissed.
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