Sticky Fingered Ex-Deputy Pleads Not Guilty In Pot Theft


Greedy Pig? Here’s future prison popularity contest winner Caleb Craft, the deputy who allegedly stole four ounces of marijuana and $5,000 in cash from the evidence room

​A former deputy in southern Illinois is facing three felony charges after authorities claimed he stole marijuana and money from an evidence room, and transferred the pot to a third party to sell.

Caleb Craft was a deputy for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department before becoming an inmate at the county jail. He is charged with theft over $500, unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and official misconduct, reports Andy Waterman at WSIL.
Craft stole more than $5,000 and more than four ounces of marijuana from the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group’s evidence room in Carbondale, according to court documents.


​The former deputy entered a not guilty plea to all charges on Thursday. A bond reduction was requested for the deputy by his attorney, Anthony Muhlenkamp, who pointed out that Craft has no criminal history and has two children at home, so he shouldn’t be considered a flight risk.
“He lost his job, his family is of limited means,” Muhlenkamp said to the judge. “He’s not a threat to anybody else.”
But Jackson County State’s Attorney Mike Wepsiec disagreed, calling Craft a flight risk, since he is no longer employed.
The judge, however, agreed with Muhlenkamp and knocked Craft’s bond down from $150,000 to just $25,000. Craft posted bond and was released Thursday afternoon.
A jury trial for the former deputy has been scheduled for April 9, 2012.