PIMA COUNTY, AZ ( Tucson News Now) - A former Pima County Sheriff's Department detective has been accused of theft by extortion and stealing from the department's evidence room and local pawn shops.
David Tarnow, 55, was arrested Monday on one count of theft by extortion, three counts of trafficking in stolen property, two counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices and one count of felony theft.
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Courtney Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the sheriff's department, said Tarnow resigned in July 2015 after learning that an Internal Affairs investigation had been initiated from a citizen complaint. The review then expanded into a criminal investigation and the sheriff's department notified the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board of the action.
Tarnow spent 15 years with the PCSD. Before that, he served in the U.S. Air Force.
"Our department will pursue every investigative measure to expose the full scope of David Tarnow's activities with vigilance and openness," said Sheriff Chris Nanos. "Despite the professional damage he has caused, David Tarnow does not reflect the hard work and ethical performance of the professionals that represent the Pima County Sheriff's Department."
Rodriguez said Tarnow had no record of formal discipline during his career with the PCSD and was recognized 27 times from citizen and department leaders in appreciation for his professional and diligent work performance.