Arizona DPS Worker Accused of Stealing Rifle Magazines, Ammo

Apr 30, 2019

A longtime employee of the Arizona Department of Public Safety crime lab has been accused of stealing rifle magazines, ammunition and other items.

Credit Arizona Dept. of Public Safety

DPS officials say 52-year-old Todd Whittard was arrested Monday night at his Chandler home.

It was unclear Tuesday if he has a lawyer yet.

Whittard has been a DPS employee for 25 years and a supervisor for the past two years.

He was assigned to oversee the latent prints and firearms unit within the DPS crime lab.

Whittard has been booked into a Phoenix jail on suspicion of theft, forgery and fraudulent schemes and artifices.

He's accused of systematically smuggling items from a non-evidence storage room in his pockets or a canvas bag.

DPS Col. Frank Milstead says no motive has been determined for the thefts.