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Corrections officer arrested for theft



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(KSL News) A corrections officer for the Utah State Prison is in big trouble with Saratoga Springs police after he picked up a woman's wallet.

"There was $1,140 in cash in the wallet when she set it down," explained Saratoga Springs Police Chief Gary Hicken. But Hicken says there was no cash inside after it was returned to the owner through the mail.

Surveillance video at the grocery store on Redwood Road showed that a uniformed officer had picked it up. But before they could arrest corrections Sgt. Rick Nichols, he came to the police station.

"[He said] he was afraid the cash wouldn't get to them, so he took the cash out, and he took several days to get to us because he was sick and had been working graveyard; just didn't get around to it. And we, of course, did not believe that," Hicken said.

Nichols was arrested for felony theft. He's now out on bail.

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