Missing officer found, arrested in Las Vegas


DECTUR, Ala. (AP) - A police supervisor who vanished last week from his office, leaving signs of a struggle and a mystery, was arrested in Las Vegas and accused of staging his disappearance to cover up a theft, authorities said Tuesday.

Police said Sgt. Faron White used a vanishing act in a bid to cover up a theft of $2,500 from his department in the north Alabama city of Decatur.

White, who is 48, and heads the city's organized crime unit and the Decatur's officer of the year for 2007 - was arrested late Monday by a federal fugitive strike team in the lobby of a Hampton Inn hotel in Las Vegas.

He was charged with theft.

Authorities said a 29-year-old woman, Sarah Richardson, was arrested at her home in Decatur and accused of helping White flee.

Police didn't release details of any relationship between the woman and White, who is married with three children.

White was held on $20,000 bond; Richardson's was set at $2,500.

Additional charges are possible against White and Richardson, who was accused of hindering prosecution.

It was unclear whether White, of Falkville, had hired a lawyer.

Richardson did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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