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Sheriff's Records Clerk Arrested for Burglary
updated: Feb 07, 2013, 1:58 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department

Mary Methmann, a non-sworn Administrative Office Professional for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office was arrested on February 6, 2013 for Residential Burglary in the first degree, a violation of California Penal Code section 459. Prior to the arrest, a criminal investigation was initiated by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Detectives on February 4, 2013, following the theft of a significant amount of jewelry from a Goleta residence. The stolen jewelry was valued in excess of $10,000.00. During the investigation, Detectives discovered evidence which implicated Methmann in the burglary. A warrant for her arrest was authorized, as was a search warrant for her residence. Methmann was arrested by Sheriff's Detectives at her Carpinteria apartment, and was later booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set at $50,000.00. The District Attorney's Office has yet to review this Burglary case.

On January 4, 2013, the Sheriff's Office received a complaint alleging that Methmann stole $50.00 from the Sheriff's Office. On January 29, 2013, Methmann was placed on administrative leave following the conclusion of a criminal investigation which linked her to that theft-related crime while she worked at her position in Custody Records at the Sheriff's Office main jail facility. This internal theft case has been submitted to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office which has already reviewed the case and will be prosecuting.

"We are extremely disturbed that someone from within the Sheriff's Office would betray the public trust in this manner," Sheriff Bill Brown said. "Due to the policies and systems we have in place, investigators were quickly able to identify and take action on this unfortunate and aberrant employee behavior. The men and women of the Sheriff's Office perform outstanding work, day in and day out, to keep the public safe. Sadly in this case, an employee chose to violate the law and the Sheriff's Office was swift in taking appropriate action. All necessary steps are also being taken to ensure this type of crime is not repeated."

Methmann has been a full time employee with the Sheriff's Office since 2005.

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