PHOENIX -- A detention officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is behind bars, facing a charge of felony theft.
According to MCSO detectives, Sgt. Jason Vance, 31, admitted stealing more than $7,000 in cash from a safe while he was on duty at the Lower Buckeye Jail Monday night.
Investigators said jail supervisors noticed the money was missing when they did their routine end-of-shift cash count.
Based on surveillance video from inside the jail, detectives determined that Vance was their primary suspect.
Investigators said Vance was clearly visible on that surveillance video. They believe he knew he was in full view of the cameras and tried to hide what he was doing.
During an interview, detectives said Vance "openly confessed" to the crime.
“It is a very sad situation to have to arrest one of my own officers but this is a clear act of a crime and he must be held accountable," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a news release.
MCSO said it is looking into technology that would keep jail personnel from handling cash brought to the jail by inmates or deposited by their families.