Fort Worth police officer accused of helping with burglary

Posted Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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FORT WORTH -- A Fort Worth police officer has been fired for giving information to her boyfriend that aided him in committing a burglary, civil service documents state.

Tonya Lynn Jones was suspended indefinitely, effective Nov. 29, according to a letter filed with the Civil Service Commission and obtained by the Star-Telegram Thursday.

Jones, who had been with the department since 2005, has appealed. Her attorney, Ray Hosack with the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, could not be reached for comment.

According to the letter, Jones had been dispatched to a suspicious person call on the afternoon of June 18 where she found one tenant in an otherwise vacant apartment complex.

While on the call, Jones noted some used furniture inside several of the vacant apartment units, the letter states. She later provided her boyfriend with the name and location of the complex, the letter states.

The next morning, Jones' boyfriend and his roommate were arrested for burglary while on their second trip to the apartment complex, the letter states. Inside the boyfriend's apartment, police found furniture that had allegedly been stolen during their first trip to the complex.

"During the investigation, Officer Jones admitted she knew her boyfriend needed furniture and admitted she told him some of the apartment units contained furniture as well as the location of the complex," the letter states. "Officer Jones also stated she described some particular pieces of furniture to her boyfriend and told him that the apartment complex was vacant."

The letter states after the arrest of her boyfriend and his roommate, Jones went to the Westside patrol station and used a department computer to obtain details about their arrests -- another violation of department rules.

The letter indicates that Jones' conduct may constitute criminal conspiracy.

Sgt. Pedro Criado, a police spokesman, said the department has presented the case to the Tarrant County district attorney's office, which will decide if criminal charges should be sought in the case.

Deanna Boyd, (817) 390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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