MADISON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Deputy Eric E. Smith was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with a class B felony of stealing.
According to Madison County Sheriff Robert Spain, the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated allegations made by a woman accusing Smith of stealing $40,000 in cash currency.
During the investigation, police said more than $26,000 in cash was found at the Smith residence. Police said Smith admitted to stealing the money from the woman and told authorities he took the money on September 28 while off duty at the woman's home in Madison County.
Smith said he was at the woman's home following up a call from the previous night and he took the money from a safe in the woman's room while she was in the yard. Smith claimed to know the safe was there because he carried the open safe into the home the night before.
Smith previously faced felony stealing charges while being a commissioned law enforcement officer while working in Leadwood, Missouri. Smith was charged in Perry County with stealing and stealing by deceit, both Class C felonies.
In that case, Smith was accused of taking money from more than 30 customers for taxidermy work between September 2011 and December 2012 and not doing any work or returning the customers' property. Smith was acquitted when the case went to trial.