The Utah Attorney General's Office on Wednesday morning arrested a former Park City Police Department sergeant on charges that he embezzled upward of $65,000 over a five-year span from the department and two fraternal police organizations.
Robert Lucking, 50, faces five felony charges between three criminal cases brought against him on Tuesday. The charges include theft and a count of failing to keep or pay public money. The most serious are second-degree felonies, punishable by a prison sentence of between one and 15 years and a $10,000 fine upon conviction. In one of the cases, he is accused of stealing a handgun from the evidence room of the Police Department.
The Summit County Attorney's Office said he was arrested at his place of work in Salt Lake. He was being held at the Summit County Jail on Wednesday morning. A statement from the Summit County Attorney's Office said bail on the individual cases is set at either $5,000 or $10,000, cash only.
Lucking retired from the Police Department in late 2012 amid the investigation into the missing money. He was hired in 2002 and promoted to sergeant in 2006.
"It's always disheartening to see members of the law enforcement profession charged with crimes of dishonesty because we put so much trust in them," said Matthew Bates, the Summit County prosecutor who filed the charges against Lucking.
Bates said the Lucking is accused of embezzling money from the Park City lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Layton and the Park City Police Department itself.
Most of the money -- approximately $60,000 -- was taken from the Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Park City, Bates said. The money was taken between 2007 and 2012, he said. Lucking once was the president of the Park City lodge.
The Summit County Attorney's Office said in its statement Lucking "became the target of several embezzlement-related criminal investigations after a routine audit conducted by the Park City Police Department."
The Police Department determined that crimes may have been committed and referred the probe to the attorney general, the statement said.
Police Chief Wade Carpenter said he is disappointed.
"There's a level of professionalism and trust that's expected by the community," he said.
Carpenter said the Police Department immediately addressed the issues raised in the cases against Lucking by contacting an outside law enforcement agency to investigate.