Pinal County Sheriff's deputy arrested for burglary, theft

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FLORENCE - The following is a press release from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office:

On July 10, 2009 Pinal County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested Pinal County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ian Quick for charges relating to residential burglary and theft of property in the Florence area reported to the Sheriff's Office on July 08, 2009.

On June 10, 2009 at approximately 10:00 p.m. deputies were called to the 27000 block of North Aladdin Road in Florence regarding a possible burglary in progress.When deputies arrived on scene they were approached by a male subject who they immediately recognized as Deputy Ian Quick.Deputy Quick told responding deputies he had permission to be on the property and was picking up some corral panels. Responding deputies inquired as to why Deputy Quick was on the property so late in the evening and he informed them it was his day off and that he had a sick family member at home and was not able to leave the residence any earlier.Deputies reported they had no reason to believe Deputy Quick's story was not legitimate and cleared the scene.

On July 08, 2009 the victim contacted the Sheriff's Office to report that several corral panels had been stolen from the residence.The victim reported the panels were valued at more than $2,000.The victim told investigators that Deputy Quick did not have permission to be on her property nor did he have permission to retrieve the panels.She advised she and her husband spoke with Dep. Quick, who denied taking the panels.

After receiving the report from the former resident of the property, Sheriff's Office Property Crimes investigators opened a criminal investigation into the burglary and theft of the corral panels and Deputy Quick was placed on paid administrative leave.

"Nobody is above the law. I want the public to understand I will not tolerate nor give special treatment to anyone, including my own deputies," said Sheriff Paul Babeu. "I am confident we have handled this investigation well and justice will be served."

After conducting their investigation including several interviews, Sheriff's Office investigators arrested Deputy Ian Quick.Deputy Quick was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility on charges of burglary and theft.Deputy Quick was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear in front of Judge Lusk in Apache Junction at the end of July.

Sheriff Paul Babeu commented, "Though it troubles me that a deputy would commit these crimes, we cannot allow his actions to bring discredit to the dedication and commitment of the many men and women of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office who are honorable servants and protectors."