SEDGWICK COUNTY —The former Property and Evidence Supervisor at the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office made his first court appearance Wednesday in connection with an internal theft at the sheriff's office Property and Evidence storage site, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office.
On June 26, Robert White, the former Property and Evidence Supervisor, was booked into the Sedgwick County Detention Facility on requested charges for Distribution of Cocaine, Felony Official Misconduct, 2 counts of Felony Theft, 3 counts of Misdemeanor Theft, and 10 counts of Possession with Intent, according to Sheriff's Lt. Tim Myers. He is spending the holiday weekend in custody, according to online jail records.
On January 24, 2020, an administrative investigation was initiated on Property and Evidence Technician Marc Gordon. He was being investigated for not following proper procedures and policy violations. Gordon was suspended from work on February and arrested July 1.
On February 5, White was reassigned to another function of the Sheriff’s Office. On February 26, the investigation turned from an administrative investigation to a criminal investigation.
While conducting the internal audit, evidence was found to be missing. During the audit it was discovered that items set for destruction were missing. The time line stretches of effected cases goes back several years.
Since February 26th, authorities have been trying to identify any and all evidence that has been stolen and auditing evidence that is still in the sheriff's office possession. During this same time frame the criminal investigation has been progressing. Over 50,000 pieces of evidence are stored in Property and Evidence. Currently, officials know that approximately $145,000 in money, drugs, seven guns, and power tools were stolen. One of the stolen guns has been recovered.