MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - A longtime member of the Midwest City Police Department is facing 27 felony charges after resigning last month.
Lt. Lacky Harkins faces:
- 22 counts of making a false declaration of ownership to a pawn broker
- 4 counts of councealing stolen property
- 1 count of embezzlement over $500
"When you put the badge on and take the oath of office, there is a trust factor, especially for a supervisor-level officer," said Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes. "Lacky Harkins worked with us for 21 years. This is the last thing we would expect. Obviously, as I've said many, many times before, we're disappointed, we're saddened. It's just flabbergasted by the fact it occurred."
Oklahoma City police first pursued Harkins after a guitar that had been stolen from a Choctaw church was pawned at an Oklahoma City shop.
The seller's ID was the undercover identification Harkins used as commander of the special investigations unit.
Surveillance video showed Harkins as the one who completed the sale.
OKCPD contacted Clabes, who positively identified Harkins.
Detectives interviewed Harkins a few hours later, and he immediately resigned.
"And, then, he was interviewed by our officers in reference to several other items that had been pawned, including his duty-issued weapons, shotgun and several items of equipment down at our special investigations office," said Clabes, adding Harkins also confessed to taking about $1,500 in "buy money" from the SIU. "And, so based on all of those admissions and allegations, we along with Oklahoma City today filed 27 separate felony counts."
Clabes believes Harkins had been pawning city-issued items "for some time."
Harkins was in the news in July after shooting and killing an intruder he discovered when checking on his in-laws' home.
The district attorney found Harkins did nothing wrong in what the officer called self-defense.