Originally created 08/27/99

Former officers indicted in thefts at area university

Three former Augusta State University police officers were indicted by a grand jury this week on charges they stole university property while working there.

Michael Arrington has been charged with one count of theft by taking; Robert Louis Becsey Jr., 44, has been charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, and Joseph H. Goble, 42, has been charged with two counts of theft by taking and four counts of theft by receiving stolen property.

While the three worked as security officers for the university in 1998 and 1999, copper wire, athletic clothing, stereo equipment, baseballs and office supplies disappeared from the school.

Several of the items were found at Mr. Becsey's home on Alden Drive, according to the indictment.

The items' worth totaled more than $500, so the charges are felonies.

Mr. Goble and Mr. Becsey, who became a Richmond County deputy marshal after leaving the school, were arrested in January, but the case later was dropped. The charges were filed this week after further investigation, District Attorney Danny Craig said.

Mr. Becsey was terminated from his deputy marshal position after the indictment, Marshal Steve Smith said.

Mr. Arrington now works as a Richmond County school public safety officer.

School spokesman Donald Porter said the district just received word of the indictment Thursday, and Mr. Arrington's job status will be reviewed today.

Meghan Gourley can be reached at (706) 823-3227 or mgourley@augustachronicle.com.


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