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Former Midwest City officer sentenced to 5 years for theft from the police department

Lacky Harkins (Source KFOR) Lacky Harkins (Source KFOR)

MIDWEST CITY, OK (KFOR) – Former Midwest City police officer, Lacky Harkins, has pleaded guilty to several charges stemming from theft charges.

Undercover investigations with the Midwest City Police Department, identified Harkins from surveillance video at an Oklahoma City pawn shop.

“And, then, he was interviewed by our officers in reference to several other items that had been pawned, including his duty-issued weapons, shotgun and several items of equipment down at our special investigations office,” said Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes.

Harkins immediately resigned from the Midwest City Police Department. According to KFOR, in 2015, Harkins also admitted to taking about $1,500 from the special investigations unit.

“When you put the badge on and take the oath of office, there is a trust factor, especially for a supervisor-level officer,” said Chief Brandon Clabes. “Lacky Harkins worked with us for 21 years. This is the last thing we would expect. Obviously, as I’ve said many, many times before, we’re disappointed, we’re saddened. It’s just flabbergasted by the fact it occurred.”

Court documents suggest that Harkins claimed that he began pawning the items due to a ‘gambling addiction.’

On Wednesday, Harkins entered a blind plea to all 27 counts concealing stolen property, embezzlement and making a false declaration of ownership to a pawn broker and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Information provided by KFOR. 

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