Former Athens cop arrested in theft

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Authorities on Tuesday arrested a former Athens-Clarke police officer who allegedly stole a high-tech cell phone from a University of Georgia student while investigating a report of a distraught person in the student's apartment.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged Michael Robert Williams with felony theft by taking and violating his oath of office.

Athens-Clarke police Chief Jack Lumpkin fired the probationary officer just prior to his arrest. He was on the police force for just six months.

"Any time a law enforcement official betrays the public trust, it's a sad day," Lumpkin said Tuesday. "Certainly, we are disheartened that this recruit would conduct himself in such a manner."

Williams, 45, allegedly stole an Apple iPhone when he and another officer went to the student's apartment early the morning of July 19, police said.

The woman noticed the phone was missing a few days later and reported it stolen, though she didn't name the officer as a suspect, said Jim Fullington, special agent in charge of the GBI's Athens office.

"She just said they responded to her residence, and later she realized her phone was missing," Fullington said.

Fullington and Lumpkin would not disclose how Williams became a suspect, and the GBI agent said it's against policy to say if Williams made any statements about the allegations.

"We do not discuss admissions or confessions," he said. "The investigation substantiated the charges."

Lumpkin fired Williams on Tuesday afternoon, and soon afterward a Clarke County Superior Court judge signed arrest warrants. Williams still was in uniform when the GBI agent arrested him.

Williams joined the Athens-Clarke Police Department in February. He previously spent a number of years as an officer in the state of Washington, Lumpkin said.

He completed his Georgia police academy training but was under the supervision of a field training officer when he allegedly stole the iPhone.

Williams was released from the Clarke County Jail on Tuesday after he posted a $10,000 bond.

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justus4
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justus4 08/12/09 - 08:05 am
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A clear example of a corrupt
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A clear example of a corrupt cop, but what about that supervisor? Someone else should be held accountable for such poor performance, to send a message to all who wear the uniform, that illegal behavior will be punished. Thats the correct path to instill professionalism, but the union bosses will not allow such advancement in policing. What a shame.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/12/09 - 08:08 am
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Justus, pull your pant up

Justus, pull your pant up your ignorance is showing. Law enforcement in the south is not unionized. 2 should we hold you accountable for every black person who commits a crime? Send a message to all black people that illegal behaviour will be punished. That would be the correct path to instill values and decency according to your comments!

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DEVGRU 08/12/09 - 08:44 am
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There are no union bosses.

There are no union bosses. Justus4 minus 1 = Justus3.

1trugent
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1trugent 08/12/09 - 09:05 am
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CBBP- That's a good one!

CBBP- That's a good one!

Brown Stone
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Brown Stone 08/12/09 - 09:11 am
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Glad they caught the cop

Glad they caught the cop thief! What a loser.

420Time
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420Time 08/12/09 - 11:15 am
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Great Points. Justus4 is

Great Points. Justus4 is always poverty pimpin' or race pimpin'.

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Asitisinaug 08/13/09 - 01:39 am
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Justus you are absolutely the

Justus you are absolutely the most ignorant ill informed individual to ever post on these boards. First, the officer stole and was arrested by other officers who in doing their jobs successfully found out what happened and arrested him for theft and added the charge of violating his oath of office, as they should. This alone shows that police do police theirselves and show little mercy when fellow officers break the law. As for the supervisor, if he had knowledge of the incident, he would also have been fired and arrested but you simply are out for blood because he is a police officer not because he is guilty of anything other than wanting to serve his community. No one can watch everything another person does the entire time and just because you are a police officer you are not a super human. The message was sent very clear to all who wear the uniform, just as it is every time an officer is found guilty of breaking the law - they generally receive a far greater punishment than ordinary citizens. There are no union bosses in GA and advances in poilicing are acheived daily. You say "what a shame" even though this was a simple case of a bad officer, caught and arrested. Moron.

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