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 December 17th, 2009  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest of Detention Deputy Renea Thomas for grand theft, forgery and official misconduct
 
The Nineteenth Judicial State Attorney's Office's Investigative Unit this afternoon arrested Detention Deputy Renea Thomas, 43, for grand theft, forgery, uttering a forged instrument and official misconduct, Sheriff Mascara announced.

"It is shocking and tragic to have to make such an announcement," Sheriff Mascara said. "It is particularly shocking that these crimes involved Renea Thomas' military service. She falsely reported numerous days in 2009 in which she claimed to be on duty with her Army Reserve unit, and was paid military leave by the Sheriff's Office for those days."

Sheriff Mascara continued, "At this time of year, we recognize the extraordinary sacrifices of those who serve this country as members of our armed forces. The crimes committed by Renea Thomas are an insult to these courageous men and women, as well as an insult to me, the members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and the people of St. Lucie County."

Renea Thomas, who joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in 1994, is charged with four third-degree felonies: grand theft, forgery, uttering a forged instrument and official misconduct. This afternoon, after she was arrested, she was placed on administrative leave without pay pending an internal affairs investigation by the Sheriff's Office. This investigation is in addition to the State Attorney's Office's criminal investigation which resulted in today's arrest, and in which the Sheriff's Office participated.

"Even though this is a sad day for this agency, I want the people of St. Lucie County to be assured that when there is criminal wrongdoing by any member of this agency, we will fully and objectively investigate and make arrests whenever appropriate," said Sheriff Mascara. "Members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office have sworn to uphold the law. They are not above the law."

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