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Simpsonville police officer says he didn't steal guns, drugs and cash from department

Published: Jan. 7, 2016 at 6:42 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2016 at 6:42 PM EST
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Terry Putnam (Source: Oldham County Jail)
Terry Putnam (Source: Oldham County Jail)

SIMPSONVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Simpsonville police officer has been arrested and charged with several felonies two months after evidence lockers were broken into and drugs, handguns and about $30,000 in cash were stolen.

Officer Terry Putnam, 54, of Simpsonville is charged with first-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, two counts of theft by unlawful taking firearm, first-degree criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking controlled substance, official misconduct and tampering with physical evidence.

Putnam claimed his innocence as he was put in a KSP car Thursday.

"Didn't do it. That's all I can say," Putnam said.

"It does put us in a little bit of a bad light," Trooper Bernie Napier, a KSP Spokesman said. "I think the light that it should show is that we are willing to police our own."

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The Simpsonville police chief notified Kentucky State Police about the break-in that happened about 1 a.m. on November 6, 2015.

Thursday, KSP searched for evidence in Putnam's home.

Larry Sutherland lives right behind the Simpsonville Police Department.

"The state police came over and interviewed my wife when I was at work and they said they think whoever done it came through our yard because they avoided all the security cameras," Sutherland said.

He said as a small town, he was stunned to hear about the crime two months ago.

"It was something just out of a movie, you know," Sutherland said. "It's something you don't picture in Simpsonville."

He said he was disappointed to hear a police officer was responsible.

"If you can't trust the people in your backyard who are supposed to protect your community, who can you trust," Sutherland said.

KSP Post 12 in Frankfort is investigating but said it doesn't expect any more officers to be charged in the case.

This story will be updated.

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