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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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 COMMENT 371926 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 02:03 PM

No mention of meth, man.

 

 COMMENT 371928P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 02:06 PM

926 - I actually laughed out loud!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 02:19 PM

Scarey name mann..

 

 COMMENT 371939 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 02:27 PM

lol @ stealing 50$ from you employer

 

 COMMENT 371950 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 02:50 PM

How can people get away with this in any business.....no auditor to check records on a yearly basis? I blame not only the thief, but the business owners who are so "trusting" especially a gov't agency who is dealing with our money.

 

 COMMENT 371959 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 03:08 PM

You'd steal too if that was your name! Self-fulfilling prophecy...

 

 SHOREBIRD agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 03:09 PM

Mary, Mary quite contrary?

(Ok I'll stop now.)

 

 COMMENT 371970P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 03:25 PM

@950- She didn't get away with it. She stole $50.00 from the Sheriffs Department and was caught.

 

 COMMENT 371971 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 03:26 PM

She gave up all her benefits and secure pay for a few months' worth of jewelry? How dumb can you get?

May I have her job? I am honest, forthright, work hard, and have excellent office skills.

 

 COMMENT 371972 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 03:26 PM

Oh, Bill Brown... couldn't have stopped her sooner, you had to wait for her to rob you, too?

 

 SHOREBIRD agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 03:41 PM

972. What would you look for in someone who hadn't robbed you yet?

 

 COMMENT 371982 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 03:46 PM

So she is placed on "Administrative Leave". I guess this means paid vacation. With luck the paid vacation will last for several months or until completion of a trial. There is no suggestion of a prior record so we can expect a minimal sentence.

 

 COMMENT 371985 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 03:52 PM

982, it's customary in this country to be innocent until proven guilty. Sometimes people really ARE wrongly accused (probably not the case in this story, but you have to follow the letter of the law for everyone.) Admin leave is totally normal until the person has a trial or is convicted. At this point, she's only been arrested for a crime.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 04:10 PM

I wonder what her middle name is.

 

 COMMENT 372001 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 04:23 PM

All cops are thief's. Why does she only get charged?

 

 COMMENT 372003 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 04:26 PM

Rog: Stickyfingers.

 

 COMMENT 372026P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 05:55 PM

"All necessary steps are also being taken to ensure this type of crime is not repeated."

What will you do to ensure that, Sheriff? I hate when officials make asanine statements that suggest they can have complete control over another person's behavior.. Why can't he simply say "We are taking steps to help prevent this sort of crime in the future."

 

 COMMENT 372031 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 06:24 PM

Amara, with all your good skills and character traits you would be an asset to anyplace you choose to work and they would be lucky to find someone like you.

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:19 PM

So now we're criticizing the fact that the Sheriff's dept. found it right away and investigated?!!
I hope this case pushes SB Police Dept. to prosecute their embezzler! This woman is IN CUSTODY. They did a heck of a better job than SB PD.

 

 COMMENT 372051 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:45 PM

Her facebook page is still open for public viewing. Quite the range of peeps she calls friends (240 to be exact!).

I sentence you to time served, 6 months community service, minimal restitution and you'll be bringing donuts to work on Fridays for the next 3 years.

 

 COMMENT 372053 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:59 PM

@001; really? And by extension that could make all poor spellers ingrates.

 

 COMMENT 372095P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 06:28 AM

Don't forget folks how this will impact her ability to get future employment and the embarrassment involved with having her picture plastered on the news! How stupid can you be to steal $50 from your employer, especially with your employer being law enforcement? DUH! This is one of those stories for Stupid Criminals!

 

 COMMENT 372102 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 06:59 AM

Hey 1950, she didn't get away with it. She was caught. The systems that are in place worked. What article were you reading. I vote Methmann as candidate for 2013 Darwin Awards. Anyone care to second my nomination?

 

 COMMENT 372103 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 07:05 AM

That name!!!!!

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 07:12 AM

DIRTYHARRY, I second! All in favor, say "aye"!

 

 COMMENT 372126 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 07:36 AM

I'm the meth mann, I'm the Walrus,
ko ko ha choo....

 

 COMMENT 372128P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 07:39 AM

Does anyone care if she has a story? I'm not saying what she did was right, but to publicly flog her on edhat without both sides of the story is so harsh. Maybe she's got something mental going on. People in their "right mind" don't usually do stupid things. And as far as innocent until proven guilty, not with edhat posting preliminary info for the public to prejudge and condemn.

 

 COMMENT 372168 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 08:50 AM

@128: You don't have to be "mental" to do something stupid. Plenty of perfectly sane people in their right minds do stupid things every day...

 

 COMMENT 372180 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 09:22 AM

she was saying for about a year that the Sheriff's were trying to get rid of her because she could only work an 8 hour shift instead of a 12 hour shift by doctor's orders.She said her boss even tried to intimidate her doctor to let her work a 12 hour shift.She said they wanted her to go on disability. Cops dont do bad things,do they?Does anyone know how to get the FBI involved?

 

 COMMENT 372189P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 09:37 AM

@168 nobody said anything about "having to be mental" just that it was a possibility to consider before throwing stones.

 

 COMMENT 372200 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 09:54 AM

180- oh geeze she's suckered you too, just remember you were warned once you become part of her long list of victims she has scammed. Her only sob story is that she uses and abuses 'friends' and anyone else she thinks she can get something from and karma has finally caught up to her.

 

 COMMENT 372278P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 11:42 AM

this story smacks of envy and vanity. jewelry is overrated.

 

 COMMENT 372297 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 12:18 PM

I wonder if some people posting here are those who are behind her being set up

 

 COMMENT 372303 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 12:27 PM

Or maybe she wasn't set up at all! What a crazy world we live in.

 

 COMMENT 372422 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-08 05:14 PM

Innocent until proven guilty. It is difficult to believe anyone with a good government job since 2008 would be silly enough to endanger it. This smells.

 

 COMMENT 372490 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 06:28 AM

Is that legal for the Sheriff to not use the word "alleged" when describing her actions? She hasn't been found guilty in a court of law.I believe they use "alleged" in all other cases.That statement from him may be one to sway the jury.He doesnt seem he is very bright.He added to the question if the Sheriffs were trying to get her out.

 

 COMMENT 372740 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-09 08:17 PM

Almost 10 of her buddies have 'unfriended' her on Facebook since this story broke. I guess it is times like this when you find out who your true friends are.

 

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