A Marlin Police Department officer was arrested Monday after officers discovered several firearms were missing from the department’s armory late last week and allege the officer stole the guns, Chief Damien Eaglin said.

Tavis Devone Cuthrell, 26, was arrested Monday on a third-degree felony charge of theft of a firearm by a public servant following a joint investigation by Marlin police and the Texas Rangers. Eaglin said several pieces of the department armory were reported missing on Jan. 20 and the investigation led to the arrest of Cuthrell, who is expected to be terminated following a complete investigation.

“This is most definitely ... something that was unexpected,” Eaglin said. “No one ever expects a police officer to steal.”

Eaglin said Cuthrell started as a Marlin officer in March, but was not assiged to oversee the department’s armory.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. D.L. Wilson said troopers are also assisting Marlin police in the investigation. He did not provide any additional information, stating authorities do not want to “jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.”

Eaglin said he appreciates the assistance his department has gotten in the investigation. He said he will continue to hold all officers to a high standard in serving the Marlin community.

“Fortunately, we do the necessary amount of inventory of the armory and we were able to catch it,” he said. “On behalf of the police department, we are not going to stop fighting crime and provide quality service to our citizens, even if we have to arrest one of our own.”

Eaglin said the incident remains under investigation.

Cuthrell was taken to Falls County Jail. He was released Monday evening after posting $2,500 bond.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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