Jail Clerk Arrested for Jewelry Theft

Mary Methmann Accused to Taking Items Worth over $10,000

Friday, February 8, 2013
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Mary Methmann

A clerk in the Santa Barbara County Jail’s records division was arrested Wednesday for first-degree burglary. Mary Methmann, a full-time employee with the Sheriff’s Department since 2005, is accused of stealing a large amount of jewelry — worth in excess of $10,000 — from a Goleta residence she was house sitting. No other arrests were made.

The Sheriff’s Department noted that on January 4 it had launched a criminal investigation into Methmann’s recent activities after receiving a complaint that Methmann, a Carpinteria resident, allegedly stole $50 while on duty in the main jail. She was placed on administrative leave January 29 at the end of the investigation, and the case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office, which will be prosecuting. The DA has yet to review the burglary case.

“We are extremely disturbed that someone from within the Sheriff’s Office would betray the public trust in this manner,” said Sheriff Bill Brown in a prepared statement. “Due to the policies and systems we have in place, investigators were quickly able to identify and take action on this unfortunate and aberrant employee behavior. … All necessary steps are also being taken to ensure this type of crime is not repeated.”


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Methmann? Seriously? Case closed.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
February 8, 2013 at 10:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just hold on Draxor, Methmann? No, Mary Methperson

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
February 9, 2013 at 7:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You couldn't make this s**t up.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
February 10, 2013 at 12:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You've got to be pretty STUPID to steal $10,000 worth of anything. I know the disturbed mind though, and she likely has the capability to put disturbing thoughts out of her mind, like the "getting caught" thought. Put her in jail for a year and on probation for 5 years. Dumb ASS.

khiggler (anonymous profile)
February 10, 2013 at 12:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

She is far to thick to be a Methmann.

Stumbling_Distance (anonymous profile)
February 11, 2013 at 1:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Administrative leave" needs to be reconsidered: how long does it last (probably until conviction, which can take years)? Is it full salary and benefits? It would be interesting to know how many public employees put on admin. leave are subsequently found guilty. Are they then forced to disgorge the monies received from charge to trial? It's not likely that a private firm employee accused of theft would be put on such paid administrative leave. This could be an interesting study for the local grand jury.

The SBPD employee accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars has not yet gone to trial; is she still on paid, publicly-funded admin leave?

at_large (anonymous profile)
February 12, 2013 at 6:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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