NOWATA COUNTY — The Nowata County Sheriff's Office announced on Facebook that they have arrested two of their own just five days apart.
On Friday, deputies arrested Detention Officer Colin Geeding after conducting a search warrant at his residence and found explosive devices, narcotic substances, and illegal firearms.
Tulsa Police Bomb Squad was called out to Geeding's residence, but found out the devices were actually modified fireworks, officials said.
On Wednesday, officials said they arrested deputy Robert Jacob Popp after an investigation into "irregularities" being discovered on their monthly fuel bill.
An investigation found that Popp was misusing the sheriff's office gas card, officials said.
Officials said during a search warrant on Popp's residence they found methamphetamine.
Popp was arrested on embezzlement and related drug charges, officials said.
Officials posted a lengthy post on Facebook about them receiving "quite a bit of negative publicity regarding actions taken by some of its employees" over the past year and they hope "the actions of one of our co-workers do not reflect on the rest of us [anymore than] the actions of one of their co-workers would reflect on their character."
After Popp's arrest, NCSO officials wanted to assure that "there is no place in law enforcement for favoritism" and they will continue to do their "best to ensure the Nowata County Sherriff’s Office is a professional, effective, ethical and respected member of the law enforcement community and one the citizens of Nowata County can take pride in."
Officials said they won't condone illegal activity whether it's from a citizen or an employee.
Stay in touch with us anytime, anywhere.
Sign up for newsletters emailed to your inbox. Select from these options: Breaking News, Severe Weather, School Closings, Daily Headlines and Daily Forecasts.