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Former GCSO Sgt. Arrested For Felony Theft While Working As A Cop – GARLAND COUNTY

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Former Garland County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigator Sergeant Mike Wright was arrested in Garland County yesterday and charged with Felony Theft Of Property.  The charge sheet indicates that the punishment for this crime is 3 – 10 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $10,000.  Mr. Wright is currently out of jail on $3,500 bond.

The alleged victim here is the Arkansas Narcotics Officer’s Association of which, Sgt. (at the time) Wright served as that organization’s Treasurer.

Former Sheriff’s Investigator Sergeant Mike Wright

The probable cause affidavits for this case can be found below.

Garland County Sheriff Mike McCormick graciously and promptly provided the following statement:

“Since I was first elected to sheriff more than three years ago, I have strived to improve the training, discipline and management of the Garland County Sheriff’s Office”.  “One of the main things for improving accountability within the Sheriff’s Office, I created a new process to investigate complaints made against employees. This process has allowed the Garland County Sheriff’s Office to improve standards, adjusted training and provided criteria for everyone to follow. As a result, some people have left while others have become better employees.

“The basic standard is we will not tolerate dishonesty,” Sheriff McCormick said.

Sheriff McCormick said a court order prevents him from commenting specifically on the charges brought against Mr. Wright. He said Mr. Wright resigned from the Garland County Sheriff’s Office on July 1, 2017. He was employed with the Sheriff’s Office for approximately 20 years.