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Police officer admits theft, resigns following TBI case

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:38 PM

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents received a plea in the case of a police officer accused of stealing and selling equipment from his department.

At the request of District Attorney General Bill Whitesell, TBI special agents started an investigation involving Murfreesboro police Officer Jason Lowder on Jan. 28.

During the investigation, agents developed information that within a year prior to January, Lowder took and sold used bulletproof vests on Craigslist and Armslist. The investigation further revealed Lowder made at least one sale from the back of his patrol vehicle while in uniform. Lowder later admitted to selling the equipment and resigned his position with Murfreesboro police.

On Friday before Judge David Bragg, Lowder entered an information plea to a charge of theft of more than $500. As part of the agreement, the 33 year old will serve probation, pay $1,000 in restitution and surrender his certification as a police officer in Tennessee.

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