A police officer finds himself on the other side of the law.
The OSBI began investigating a Stillwater officer who was allegedly caught stealing prescription drugs from the police department. Following the completion of that investigation, Payne County District Attorney Tom Lee filed one count of larceny of controlled dangerous substances on Sgt. Tom McConaghy.
McConaghy, who worked for Stillwater Police nearly 17 years, resigned from his position but he has not been arrested yet.
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"It obviously hurts our department, hurts our reputation, and all we can do with it is deal with it the best we can," Captain Randy Dickerson said on behalf of the Stillwater Police Department and former Sgt. Tom McConaghy.
Dickerson said, although it was a difficult decision, a fellow Stillwater police officer did the right thing and reported suspicious items found inside McConaghy's police car on May 26. Dickerson claims seven pill bottles with different names on them were located inside the car.
Stillwater Police asked the OSBI to complete a criminal investigation. The state investigation revealed McConaghy pulled the pill bottles from the Drug Take Back Bin at the police station.
Dickerson said McConaghy had previously been in charge of that program, but was not at the time of the allegation.
Stillwater Police have since abandoned their drug take back program. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics will now offer and maintain a similar program.