Ex-deputy accused of stealing painkillers while on duty

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FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) – A former deputy is accused of stealing prescription painkillers while responding to a South Carolina home.

The state Law Enforcement Division says 32-year-old Christopher Ard was arrested Monday and charged with misconduct in office. An arrest warrant states the former Florence County sergeant was seen on surveillance video putting a bottle of Oxycodone in his ballistics vest, leaving the home and returning later.

The bottle reportedly had 40 pills before it was taken and had 29 1/2 pills when it was returned. The Morning News reports Ard was released on bond. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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