(KMOV)-- A police officer is on the wrong side of the law -- charged with a felony for stealing from the city that employed him.
Normandy police tell me the patrol officer used his city-issued fuel card to buy more than $500 worth of gas during the past year.
Normandy police are apologizing for their former officer's actions. Deandre Montgomery patrolled the streets of Normandy for the past five years with no complaints until purchases on his city-issued gas card stopped adding up.
"It's a terrible thing for everybody involved," Major Tony Madigan, Commander of Police Operations for Normandy, says. "It's a terrible thing for Montgomery to feel that he had to stoop so low to do something like that."
Police say Montgomery filled up family members' gas tanks at least 15 times during the past year. Investigators would not elaborate but said had they not been tipped off, Montgomery may have easily racked up more expenses.
"It was a very clever scheme," Madigan says. "He was using more than one gas station on different days and falsifying some records."
And that caused police to have to turn in one of their own.
"It's definitely very, very difficult. It's like nothing I've ever experienced before," Madigan says. "Having to investigate and arrest one of your own -- the people that you trust, the people who have taken an oath to uphold the law -- just to have to sit there across the table from them and have them admit that they're breaking it, it's very heart-wrenching."
Montgomery resigned when he was confronted with the charge.