GBI: Twiggs deputy arrested after stealing money from evidence

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) –  Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a Twiggs County Sheriff’s deputy after the GBI says he stole more than $1,500 from the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office evidence room.

GBI agents identified the deputy as 51-year-old William “Chip” Samuel Stokes of Laurens County. They charged him with Theft by Taking and Violation of Oath of Office. 

Investigators say Stokes was a Major with the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office until he was terminated on Monday. 

What led to the arrest

  • On December 17, 2020, Twiggs County deputies conducted a traffic stop and recovered money. Deputies counted the money on video, packaged it, and later secured it in the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office evidence room. 
  • On January 11, 2021, someone alerted the Twiggs County Sheriff that the money taken during the traffic stop could not be accounted for. Sheriff’s Office personnel conducted several audits and searches of the evidence room but could not locate the money in question.
  • On January 15, 2021, Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum requested the help of the GBI to conduct a criminal investigation into a theft of more than $1,500 from the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office evidence room.

During the GBI investigation, agents discovered Stokes had taken the money from the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office evidence room.