A Salisbury police officer was arrested Thursday on charges he stole four firearms from a family member’s home in Kannapolis.
Timmy Blake Hunter, 44, surrendered at the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, after sheriff’s investigators told him they had warrants for his arrest, authorities said.
Sheriff’s detectives began investigating the thefts in March and took their findings to a Rowan County grand jury Monday. The grand jury returned four true bills of indictment, each charging Hunter with felony larceny of a firearm.
Hunter is free on $10,000 bail. He could not be reached for comment.
“These are false accusations,” Hunter’s mother, Barbara Hunter, told the Observer.
Timmy Hunter, whose title is master police officer, was placed on administrative leave with pay April 22 pending the investigation, city of Salisbury spokeswoman Linda McElroy said. His status was changed to administrative leave without pay on May 16, she said.
Hunter was hired Nov. 14, 2011, as a police officer II and was promoted to master police officer in February, McElroy said. His last duty assignment was as a school resource officer at Salisbury High School.
Staff researcher Maria David contributed.