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VPD officer fired, charged in missing evidence case

The Valdosta Daily Times,
BYLINE: Dean Poling

Valdosta, GA

VALDOSTA – A Valdosta police officer has been fired and arrested after stolen property was not turned in as evidence, said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress this morning.

Trey Gandy, 24, is charged with theft by taking, violation of oath of office and tampering with evidence, Childress said.

Gandy had been with the police department for about two years.

This week, the Valdosta Police Department responded to a resident's call regarding the discovery of two shotguns and a watch in a gazebo. The officer collected both shotguns and the watch.

Only one shotgun was registered into police custody as evidence, Childress said.

The department and police chief became aware of this discrepancy when returning the property to the owner. There was only one shotgun and the watch. The person who found the property said he discovered two shotguns.

Learning this Thursday, Childress ordered the VPD detective division to handle the case as a criminal investigation. Several people were interviewed, including the officer, who was read his rights, but reportedly denied having the shotgun.

Childress interviewed the officer.

The shotgun was returned.

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