Fort Worth police sergeant investigated on theft charges

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A police sergeant assigned to the narcotics unit turned himself in at the Tarrant County Jail on Tuesday on suspicion of taking athletic shoes from a home while a search warrant was executed.

Police officials confirmed that Antoine Williams, a 14-year veteran, was the focus of an internal affairs investigation on a charge of theft by a public servant.

Williams, who was not held at the jail, did a “walk through” and was released after posting a $1,000 surety bond, said Terry Grisham, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman.

Grisham said police officials “executed their arrest warrant at our bond desk.”

“He was never cuffed and stuffed in a car,” Grisham added. “A lot of people do that. It’s not preferential.”

Williams, commissioned in 1999 and assigned to narcotics last March, was placed on restrictive duty, Sgt. Kelly Peel, a police spokesman, said in a news release. Peel declined to give additional details, saying it “is an active investigation.”

But the search warrant affidavit filed in 372nd District Court describes how Williams came under investigation.

The document states that on Oct. 16, Williams was supervising several members of the narcotics unit while they executed a search warrant at a home in the 4800 block of Richardson Street in southeast Fort Worth.

Officers said they noticed several pairs of “men’s athletic shoes” in a back bedroom.

“Sgt. Williams was heard commenting the shoes would be great for his undercover officers,” according to the affidavit.

Two officers saw the sergeant take a few boxes of shoes and exit the bedroom, and a third officer saw the shoes in the back of Williams’ extended-cab pickup, “partially stuck under the back seat,” the affidavit stated.

“At no time did Sgt. Williams go to the property room and tag the athletic shoes into evidence,” the affidavit stated.

On Oct. 17, officers served the search warrant at Williams’ home in southeast Arlington and seized four pairs of Nike athletic shoes, according to an inventory attached to the affidavit.

Attempts to reach Williams for comment were unsuccessful Tuesday.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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