Former Trooper, Police Investigator Convicted Of Theft

November 3, 2012

A former Alabama State Trooper and Atmore Police Department investigator from Walnut Hill has been convicted of using a state credit card to buy over $2,200 worth of gas for his personal use.

Jonathan Dees, 48, pleaded guilty in Baldwin County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 60 months in jail, That sentence was suspended and he was ordered to serve a term of six months  supervised probation, to pay court costs, and a fine of $100 to the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Fund.

Dees provided a current address in the 7000 block of Highway 97 in Walnut Hill at the time of his arrest on February 16, 2012,  according to Baldwin County Jail records.

Dees had been assigned to the Mobile office of the Department of Public Safety and was later hired as a police investigator by the City of Atmore. He resigned his position with the Atmore Police Department on the day of his arrest.

The state presented Dees’ confession; video evidence showing him purchasing the gasoline; and documentation that, on his days off, he used his trooper vehicle and bought gas for his personal use with the state credit card. Prior to pleading guilty, Dees repaid $2,204.09 for purchases between the approximate dates of July 2009 and January 2011.

“This case is a sad example of someone who has betrayed not only the trust of taxpayers and the law that he was sworn to uphold, but also his fellow law enforcement officers who have earned our trust and respect,” said Alabama Attorney General Strange. “Our message to all is that public corruption must be fought so that Alabama citizens may have confidence on those who serve the public.”


17 Responses to “Former Trooper, Police Investigator Convicted Of Theft”

  1. David Huie Green on November 7th, 2012 12:57 pm

    so why did he have to steal from the state when you would let him steal from you?

  2. mom on November 7th, 2012 12:11 pm

    David, I CERTAINLY would…I would loan him anything he needed

  3. David Huie Green on November 7th, 2012 10:15 am

    “I would stand up for him any day.”

    But would you loan him your credit card?
    Of course you would, that’s what trusting friends do.

    David for unbetrayed friendship

  4. Duke of Wawbeek on November 6th, 2012 9:37 pm

    I admire you friend. Honor among one another.

  5. friend on November 6th, 2012 2:24 pm

    Jon Dees is a wonderful person, I would trust him with my life. I’m pretty sure that almost everyone has done something that they shouldn’t have, they just didn’t get caught. I would stand up for him any day.

  6. safebear on November 5th, 2012 5:16 pm

    A mistake is “OOPs, I used the wrong credit card” a crime is “I’ll use this card and no one will ever know…”

  7. David Huie Green on November 4th, 2012 11:52 pm

    “jonathan is a great person. yes he made a mistake. we are all human. i know him and know that he has realized his mistake.”

    It is a mistake to call sin a mistake.

    Having stolen, simply asking forgiveness without atonement isn’t a good thing either. Repay what was stolen.

    Surely a “great” person would do the right thing from the beginning and if not then, once he realized he had done a wrong thing. Of course, I don’t know, maybe he’s already followed the scriptures and done so. If not, it is a mistake to think he has received forgiveness while still living in sin.

    David for fruits worthy of repentance

  8. Local on November 4th, 2012 11:44 pm

    @dollars not change

    Sure we all make mistakes – but mine have never been in the area of stealing from the public for a year and a half. I’m sure he bode his time thinking he ran a lesser chance of getting caught that way. I bet he IS sorry now – but only after he got caught or he would have stopped before he got over the $2,000.00 mark. Any run of the mill normal man would have got a much more severe punishment. System is sooo flawed!
    He’ll probably become a bodyguard for some politician…..

  9. Jimmy on November 3rd, 2012 10:23 pm

    $2,200 worth of gas would fill up my car over 50 times. That is 50 mistakes he made not just one.

  10. mick on November 3rd, 2012 6:52 pm

    Tip of the iceberg…there are plenty more wearing the badge thinking they are above the law…

  11. Jen on November 3rd, 2012 6:19 pm

    I don’t think justice was served in this case at all, especially someone sworn to uphold the law!!! If I would have stolen $2200.00 of gas, I wonder what my punishment would have been?? Surely, way more than what this Leo got!!!

  12. poohbear on November 3rd, 2012 12:00 pm

    In a way justice was served….When you think about it, he won’t be able to get a state job…..his family, friends and neighbors know what he did……….no one will hire him in this area……but I do see what you mean by saying justice was not served.

  13. dollars not change on November 3rd, 2012 11:42 am

    jonathan is a great person. yes he made a mistake. we are all human. i know him and know that he has realized his mistake. he has asked the lord for forgiveness and that is all that matters. only one perfect person ever walked this earth–and he was crucified for it. “let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”. We all make mistakes in life. The important part is that we learn from them and don’t make the same mistakes again.

  14. SFC on November 3rd, 2012 8:45 am

    You knew better, was it worth it?

  15. 429SCJ on November 3rd, 2012 8:26 am

    Pension out the window. Not a good place to be standing at age 48.

    Think Twice.

  16. JT on November 3rd, 2012 7:02 am

    What a difference in sentencing between Fl and Al. Fl you can get caught DUI and threaten the lives of three officers and get community service. In Al take some gas and get 5 years (suspend) sentence. Though they both deserve it.

  17. Jit on November 3rd, 2012 4:25 am

    Justice well served NOT…

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