Former reserve officer indicted on theft charges in Augusta

A former reserve officer with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department has been indicted on theft charges.

A Richmond County grand jury returned a 59-count indictment Tuesday against several people, including Michael Tracy Kerr.

According to Columbia County Sheriff Capt. Steve Morris, Kerr was fired for conduct unbecoming an officer in March after the department learned of the theft investigation in Augusta. Kerr had been a reserve officer since 2005.

Kerr is named in only three counts of the indictment, although two of those charges allege Kerr stole property valued at greater than $25,000. According to the indictment, Kerr was supposed to make purchases at an auto auction for Southern Pick A Part on Doug Barnard Parkway.

The remaining counts of the indictment allege thefts from the company of 57 vehicles valued at between $1,500 and $5,000 between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 17, 2012.



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