Indy officer accused of theft during search

Indianapolis Star

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer stole a money order from a Far-Southside residence that was searched by police, then forged his name and cashed it, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Jason Edwards, 36, was arrested Monday on felony theft and forgery charges. He has been suspended without pay, and Police Chief Michael Spears has recommended that Edwards be fired.

The IMPD detective who wrote the search warrant, Patrick McCloskey, said in an affidavit from the Marion County prosecutor's office that Edwards, a narcotics officer, searched the bedroom of the residence where the warrant was served.

According to police records, the residence of Scott Rist, 48, 200 block of Hoss Road, was searched Dec. 7 by IMPD narcotics officers. On Jan. 31, he filed a complaint with police saying he had left a $725 money order in his wallet in a bedroom dresser, and that the money order was missing and had been cashed.

When police questioned Edwards last week, he told investigators that he had found a blank money order in the street, according to the affidavit.

"Jason Edwards said he knew he should not have cashed it but needed money and took it to his bank," the document says.

Rist, 48, faces a felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.

Information on the money order was given to the police financial crimes office, which found Edwards' name listed as the person to be paid. The Marion County forensic services agency checked the signature on the money order and concluded that Edwards had filled out the money order, the affidavit said.

Edwards, an eight-year veteran of the Police Department, was released on $3,500 bond Monday. No court date had been set.

Edwards had not previously faced disciplinary action, said Lt. Jeff Duhamell, Police Department spokesman.

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