[UPDATE] 5-17 5:30PM
"Disbelief, shock, hurt ...everybody is saddened by it," says Thomas County Sheriff's Office Captain Steve Jones.
Jones describes the emotions felt after a three-day investigation lands a deputy behind bars.
"He was terminated by the sheriff," says Jones.
Jason Carroll was fired after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested him at his home at 105 Sandra Street.
"At about midnight early Saturday morning (4-15) we seized some items there that may have been stolen," says GBi Special Agent Steve Turner.
A John Deere Gator from a local school, a lawnmower taken from a church, a shotgun and an electric BBQ grill totalling about
15-thousand dollars in value were found.
Agents say everything that was seized was held at an impound lot until it was returned to its rightful owner.
"It appears in most cases he was actually patrolling those areas and saw those items were available," says Turner.
Agents say they believe Carroll would go back after his shift to get the items, but those actions are not sitting well with folks who live nearby.
"He should be a good example for the community," says Thomas County resident Willet Baker.
"It's sad Even though times are bad, you shouldn't be stealing to make ends meet," says Thomas County resident Wallace Reed.
Carroll worked for the sheriff's department for nearly 15 years before being let go.
GBI says items seized are still being processed and will be returned to their rightful owners.
[UPDATE] 5-17 Noon -
A Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe puts a local deputy behind bars. He's accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment.
GBI agents say Jason Carroll was arrested at his home after the Thomas County Sheriff's Office tipped them off about a deputy involved in criminal activity.
Agents say stolen equipment was found at Carroll's home, valued at nearly $15,000. Carroll is facing 10 counts of felony theft. Agents say among the stole items are John Deer lawn equipment and a shotgun.
They also say Carroll stole some of the items from a school and even a church. Investigators say they believe Carroll would take the items while out on patrol. He'd worked for the sheriff's office for nearly 15 years, but has now been terminated.
We'll have reaction from the community to see how residents feel about the arrest later tonight on Eyewitness News.
Special agents say Jason Carroll was arrested Saturday (5/14) at his home after the Thomas County Sheriff's Office tipped off GBI about a deputy being involved in criminal activity.
Items that had been reported stolen were found at Carroll's home including a lawnmower, John Deere equipment and a shotgun.
GBI says the items total more than 15-thousand dollars in value. Special agents say Carroll worked at the sheriff's office for nearly 15 years.