Brantley police officer arrested in connection with road sign thefts

Brantley police officer arrested in connection with road sign thefts

PIKE CO., AL (WSFA) - A Brantley police officer is on paid administrative leave after being arrested in Pike County, according to Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett.

Jeremy Ray Walker, 30, of Glenwood, was arrested July 5 and charged with receiving stolen property third degree.

According to Lt. Troy Johnson with the Pike County Sheriff's Office, an investigation started in April after someone reported Walker was selling a number of Crenshaw County road signs in Pike County.

Pike County authorities contacted the county engineer in Crenshaw County and learned the signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

According to a court document, Walker told authorities the county engineer gave him the signs. However, the engineer told authorities he didn't give anyone the signs.

The following 29 signs were recovered:

  • 1 traffic law photo enforcement sign
  • 1 red light sign
  • 1 stop sign
  • 2 yellow marker signs
  • 6 speed limit signs
  • 2 yellow direction arrow signs
  • 2 35 mph signs
  • 1 speed bump ahead sign
  • 1 do not enter sign
  • 1 one-way sign
  • 1 raised letter speed limit sign
  • 9 Crenshaw County Road signs
  • 1 entering Crenshaw County Sign

Walker was booked in the Pike County Jail and released on bond the same day.

Averett says Walker has been employed with the Brantley Police Department for about two months.

Walker is also a former Crenshaw County sheriff's deputy and resigned on May 2, according to Crenshaw County Sheriff Mickey Powell. Powell said Walker's resignation had to do with Pike County's investigation.

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