Derek Myers, Editor-in-chief
A former Washington Court House police officer who was found guilty of a misdemeanor count of improper handling of firearms and subsequently terminated from his job has been arrested for burglary.
According to the Highland County Sheriff’s office, former Washington Court House police officer Tim Carver, 30, 1021 John Street, used a sledge hammer to bust down the door of his ex-wife’s home on State Route 62 in Leesburg on Sunday.
“We believe forced entry was used to gain entry into the home,” said Highland County Sheriff Ron Ward. No one was home at the time of burglary, he said.
According to Ward, Carver made off with Victoria’s Secret Lingerie valued at over $300.
Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Carver a short time later at his Washington Court House residence.
Carver appeared in the Hillsboro municipal court on Monday and his bond was set at $30,000. If he makes bail, he would be required to be on electronic home monitoring.
In January 2011, Highland County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a gas station in Leesburg, on a report of an auto accident.
When deputies arrived, they found Carver — who was employed as a patrolmen by the Washington Court Police Department at the time — inside the business.
Ward said that Carver appeared to be intoxicated and he was bleeding from his face. Deputies found firearms in the vehicle and Carver was placed under arrest.
On the same day, Carver’s wife filed a civil protection order against him, claiming that she feared for her life and her children’s lives.
Carver, who started at the Washington Court House Police Department in 2003, had his employment terminated.
He was sentenced to two-years probation and was found guilty of a misdemeanor count of improper handling of firearms.
His next court date for the burglary charge has been set for February 21 at 9:30 a.m.
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