Hinesville Police Cpl. Anthony Martin has been arrested and charged with one count of financial transaction card fraud.
The arrest is a result of an investigation into the alleged theft and use of a card from a vehicle that Officer Martin stopped for a traffic violation on Jan. 25, according to a press release from the city.
The car was inventoried and removed from the scene to a wrecker yard. A $500 gift card that was in the car was reported missing or lost on Jan. 26. When the Hinesville Police Department became aware of the reported theft, the criminal investigation was conducted by detectives.
As a result of the investigation, which included talking to witnesses, on Jan. 30 it became apparent that an officer may be involved in the reported theft. Martin was then placed on administrative leave. The investigation was discussed with Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden and a warrant was issued for Martin.
He remains on administrative leave pending the completion of the disciplinary process as outlined in the city’s personnel policy. He was arrested Wednesday and appeared before Superior Court Judge Paul Rose for bond. Martin has been an HPD officer for seven years.
The DA's Office will prosecute the case and determine if other charges will be made.