A Fort Worth police sergeant accused of stealing four pairs of Nike athletic shoes and a video game from a home searched by narcotics officers in October has been fired.
Antoine Williams was fired effective Friday, according to a disciplinary letter filed Wednesday with the Civil Service Commission.
Williams has appealed his termination.
“The only way the truth will come out is at the appeal; it certainly wasn’t through the investigation,” said Williams’ attorney, Terry Daffron Porter. “The PD has turned a blind eye to the fact that Sgt. Williams received consent from the on-scene supervisor to remove the shoes from the scene. It is important to tell the complete story and that is what we intend to do at the hearing.”
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Court records show that Williams was indicted March 28 on a charge of theft $500 to $1,500. Because Williams was a public servant at the time, the charge is enhanced to a felony punishable by up to two years confinement in a state jail and a $10,000 fine.
Williams remains free on bond in the case. A trial date has not been set.
Williams, who joined the department in 1999, was a supervisor in the narcotics unit when the alleged theft occurred on Oct. 16.
He was supervising officers during the execution of a search warrant at a home in the 4800 block of Richard Street in southeast Fort Worth.
According to the disciplinary letter, Williams had been moving from room to room, taking photographs, when he spotted multiple pairs of new athletic shoes in a back bedroom. The shoes, the letter states, were in sizes that Williams could wear.
A search warrant states that Williams was overheard remarking that the shoes would be great for his undercover officers.
An officer then carried two pairs of the shoes to Williams’ city-owned, undercover car while Williams did the same with two more pairs, the letter states. It states that Williams also took a Grand Theft Auto V video game from the house.
An investigation by the special investigations unit was initiated after another officer alerted a lieutenant to Williams’ actions, the letter states.
The letter states that Williams later admitted in an interview that he did not notify the property custodian about the removal of the four pairs of shoes and the video game, nor did he record the items on an inventory sheet of seized property. He told investigators that the shoes could be found at his house.
Investigators recovered four pairs of athletic shoes from the bedroom of Williams’ Arlington home, and a Grand Theft Auto V video game from the console of his undercover car, the letter and search warrant state.