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October 8, 2006
OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) A former sergeant with the Okanogan County sheriff’s office will serve 30 days in jail for stealing computer equipment and other items from a nearby high school.
Richard P. Waters, 36, pleaded guilty Thursday in Okanogan County Superior Court to second-degree theft. Waters was caught by a security camera as he left Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop with a computer monitor in the middle of the night in April.
Waters told Judge Jack Burchard he had recently gone off medication for depression and anxiety.
Detectives from Grant County investigated the theft after Okanogan County’s chief criminal deputy recognized Waters in the video. In searching his home, they found a computer monitor, digital camera and compressor that had been taken from the school.
Waters resigned a few days after his arrest on June 8. He had been an officer for 13 years with Okanogan County and the Omak police.