Court docs: former Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy stole and sold ammunition

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Arlan Johnson (Photo courtesy of the Muncie Star Press)

MUNCIE, Ind. (Feb. 12, 2016) – Court records released Friday show the lengths former Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy Arlan Johnson went through to steal and sell department ammunition.

Johnson was arrested and charged Thursday with Title 18, theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds. Court records show he stole $8,580 in ammunition owned by the sheriff’s office. Johnson started with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. Court records show he served in three supervisory positions: jail commander, day shift supervisor and night shift commander. Johnson was also a firearms instructor.

Court records show Johnson had direct access to department issued ammunition.

“Johnson had the authority to place ammunition orders on the DCSO’s behalf, travel to dealer to obtain the ammunition, and personally deliver the ammunition to the DCSO storage room for dissemination to officers for use in their daily operations,” read the court documents.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office began an internal investigation after noting ammunition was missing from the department that was not used in firearms training. Delaware County Sheriff Ray Dudley confirms Johnson retired in the fall of 2015 after the investigation began. The sheriff’s office turned over their findings to the FBI who ultimately arrested and charged Johnson this week.

According to court records, Johnson stole ammunition paid for by the sheriff’s office. He then sold cases to friends, former co-workers and people online. Court records show Johnson maintained the ammunition was his.

In 2013, Johnson filed for bankruptcy, records show. Tax documents obtained by investigators showed Johnson’s reported income in 2014 was $64,342.  FBI investigators also subpoenaed records from Hoosier Park Casino. They stated Johnson had more than $100,000 of gambling losses from 2013 to 2015.

Sheriff Ray Dudley did not comment on the charges. If convicted, Johnson could spend up to 10 years behind bars. Johnson was released from federal custody after an initial court appearance Thursday.

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