A Thomson Police officer was arrested on Dec. 20 and was charged with theft by taking.

The Sheriff’s Office of Franklin County issued an arrest warrant for William A. Langston, 23, and a member of the police department since October.  A warrant against Langston was filed at the sheriff’s office in Carnesville, alleging that Langston took household items from a home in which he had been living. He now lives in Harlem.

Police investigators arrested Langston and he was booked into the McDuffie County Jail around 8:30 a.m.  Franklin County took him into custody later in the day.  After posing a $3,000 bond, he was released. According to Brian Certain, the case is still being actively investigated, but Langston has been charged with felony theft by taking.

Thomson Police Chief John Seay declined to comment on the arrest, citing the incident as a personnel issue. But Don Powers, the City Administrator, said Langston has been suspended from the police department.

“He was arrested for allegedly taking things from the house he was living in. He was arrested for alleged theft.  He is suspended from the police department pending the outcome of the investigation,” Powers said.

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