Pine County Sheriff’s Deputy Facing Seven Charges For Alleged Theft (Audio From Sheriff Cole)

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at 8:30 am

A Pine County sheriff’s deputy is facing six felony counts for allegedly stealing narcotics while on duty.

According to a criminal complaint filed on Wednesday, Pine County deputy Justin Stoddard, 27, of Lake Elmo, admitted to a Chisago County investigator on Nov. 5 that he stole Oxycodone and Percocet pills from four victims during the last two months.

The criminal complaint says that Stoddard would ask his victims while on duty if they were taking any medications. When his victims said yes, he told them he needed to take pictures of the medication.

While taking pictures in the victim’s bathroom or in his car, Stoddard stole pills.

Stoddard would then return to his victims’ homes periodically, asking to photograph the medication again, claiming that the initial pictures were blurry or that he accidentally deleted them.

According to the criminal complaint, one victim was said to have seen Stoddard pouring pills into his hand. The victim then inventoried her pills and found that Stoddard had stolen 43 Oxycodone pills between Sept. 22 and Oct. 6.

Stoddard faces seven counts: two felony counts of theft of a controlled substance; two felony counts of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance; two felony counts of fifth-degree possessing of a controlled substance by fraud; and one count of misconduct, a gross misdemeanor.

If convicted of all counts, Stoddard faces a maximum sentence of up to 41 years in prison and/or an $83,000 fine.

A warrant was issued Wednesday for his arrest. Pine County authorities say Stoddard is currently on administrative leave.

This morning on the Pine County Sheriff’s Report, Sheriff Cole addressed the situation.

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  1. Taxpayer 11/19/12 at 3:23pm

    Why wasn’t he held on Felony counts? Any other citizen in Pine County arrested for a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony, would have been held for bail hearing, unless employed by agency, then booked and held in another agency. But Pine County Sheriff’s “Cream of the Crop” they are better than us regular taxpayers. Not like the Chief Deputy, and most of the new “Cream of the Crop” that don’t pay taxes in this county, just take our tax money with no interest in this county. The Deputy is not a resident and should of been held for bail hearing.

  2. Responsible Taxpayer 11/20/12 at 8:43am

    Taxpayer, you must be a part of the Criminal Justice System. If you aren’t yet, please run for Sheriff, County Attorney, or District Court Judge in our County because judging from the posts of yours I’ve read, you know it all and aren’t afraid to share your infinite wisdom. You’ve got my vote……….

    OK now back to reality… How do you know any other citizen in Pine County arrested for any level of crime would have been held for a bail hearing? Been there, done that? Many, many people in OUR County are released from Jail on bail before court for charges no different than the ones this Deputy are charged with. Happens everyday and not just in Pine County. This is unfortunately the way of the times. Sorry to burst your bubble, but there’s a lot of bad guys out there walking the streets that should be in Jail. Why should this situation be any different? You’re hinting at a double standard since this Deputy was released right away, but wouldn’t keeping him in Jail be too?

    Taxpayer, I look forward to your reply for this hot topic!

  3. Taxpayer 11/21/12 at 9:45pm

    Beg to differ with you, tell me the last time someone one from any county was released on Felony charges. Anyone charged with Felony DUI not only is held, but they also forfeit their vehicle. Thought Responsible Taxpayer may have been able to know what he/she was talking about but, that faded fast.

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