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Tallahassee, Florida – Feb. 21, 2012 – by Deneige Broom
“It’s a bad situation. We have to arrest the bad guys all the time,” said Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell during Monday’s media conference.
Campbell had to arrest and fire one of his own.
David Graham was a 20 year veteran with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office before he was fired Monday.
The former sergeant was arrested Sunday for two counts of grand theft.
The victim was 91-year-old Archie White.
“We think this was a crime of opportunity,” said Campbell when asked if he believed there were other victims.
Campbell says Graham was part of the financial crimes unit that was investigating a crime against White in September of 2011.
The LCSO case was eventually closed but Campbell says Graham continued his relationship with the victim, acting like the investigation was still open.
Campbell says Graham took White to the bank on occasions and set up surveillance cameras in White’s home, which is standard procedure in some of their investigations.
“Shocked and saddened,” was all Campbell said when asked how he felt about the situation.
On February 15, White reported $9,000 dollars in cash were missing from his home.
White said Graham was the man who took the bank bag full of $100 bills from between the mattresses.
On February 19, Graham was brought in for questioning. It was there Campbell says Graham confessed to the crime.
“We’ve recovered $9,000 and an antique rifle but we do think we could find as much as $50,000-$60,000,” said Campbell.
Graham was arrested Sunday and was suspended.
Campbell fired Graham from LCSO on Monday.
Graham was released from the Leon County jail just before 11 Monday morning on $10,000 bond.
David Graham worked for the sheriff’s office since 1991. He’s made headlines before for bringing Gary Michael Hilton from Georgia to face murder charges in the death of Cheryl Dunlap. He was also one of seven people to receive a medal of valor in 2010 for their work in a shootout.
The sheriff’s office says the only other disciplinary problems Graham has had in his tenure happened on February 13.
He was suspended for 40 hours without pay because of a standard of conduct investigation within the department. LCSO says no other information can be released about that incident because they haven’t closed the investigation.
Tallahassee, Florida – Feb. 20, 2012 -2:30 -
During this afternoon’s press conference, Sheriff Larry Campbell said that Sergeant Graham was fired from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office this morning. Graham was working with the Financial Crimes Unit when the alleged criminal act occurred. Campbell says the victim is a 91-year-old man whom Graham worked with during an investigation. Campbell says Graham befriended the man and acted like he was part of an active investigation after LCSO had already closed the case. During that time, Campbell says at least $9,000 were stolen, but he believes as much as $50,000 to $60,000 may be recovered.
UPDATED 11am by Julie Montanaro
LCSO is planning a 2pm press conference to discuss the arrest of SGT. David Graham.
Arrest papers say Graham is accused of stealing $9,000 in cash and an antique rifle from a home on Noble Drive.
Arrest papers say the homeowner told deputies the money was in a blue bank bag and tucked beneath the mattress in his master bedroom. It was all in one hundred dollar bills. Arrest papers say the homeowner suspected Graham in the theft, but at this time LCSO is not commenting on whether the men knew each other or how.
Arrest papers say Graham was called in to the sheriff’s office Sunday night and admitted to the allegations.
LCSO is not commenting on the arrest or Graham’s history with the department until its afternoon press conference.
Sheriff Larry Campbell will hold a media conference today at 2:00 p.m. in the Citizen’s Academy room at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. During the conference, Sheriff Campbell will provide a brief overview of a continuing criminal investigation.
Media partners are asked to arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. in order to allow time for set up.
WHAT: Media Conference
WHEN: Monday, February 20, 2012 At 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Leon County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy Room
Tallahassee, Florida – Feb. 20, 2012 -
A Leon County Sheriff deputy has been arrested for Grand Theft and Grand Theft of a Firearm. Court records show Sergeant David Graham was arrested just before midnight Sunday, and spent the night in jail. Court records show Graham made his first appearance before a judge this morning and his bond is now set at $10,000.
Graham is perhaps best known for transporting accused killer Gary Michael Hilton from Georgia to Tallahassee to face charges in the murder of Crawfordville Sunday school teacher Cheryl Dunlap. Graham was also one of seven law enforcement officers to receive a Medal of Valor in 2010 for their handling of a Memorial Day shootout.