JSO officer charged with theft, misconduct

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville Sheriff's officer has been arrested on charges of petty theft and misconduct.

Officer Debra Young faces three counts of petty theft and one count of official misconduct for activity while she was working private security for three apartment complexes while off duty.

Those complexes were Ansley at Harts Road, Canterbury Gardens Apartments on Lane Avenue South and Kendall Court Apartments on Lem Turner Road.

Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt said Young, who was recently assigned to the investigation division, billed for hours she did not work. Police said she was only staying about half her shift.

At least six times in the last month, Young was scheduled to work a four-hour shift and left early, police said. She was ultimately overpaid $360.

"When we get these complaints we take them seriously; we follow them up," Senterfitt said. "In this case, we found the complaint is valid. I know it sounds like $300 worth of time, but you know if you were paying that, you'd expect someone to be there. We just want to make sure that people know when we see these things, we hold people accountable."

JSO said Young was arrested Wednesday after a tip was received from another officer saying she was stealing time.

Young is on unpaid leave while the investigation by both the State Attorney's Office and Internal Affairs continues.