FAIRFIELD, Iowa — A Fairfield Police Department officer was arrested Monday on a charge of second-degree burglary in connection with the theft of narcotics from a local veterinarian’s office.
The arrest of Fairfield Police Department Officer Ryan Mills, 31, resulted from an investigation that began in November 2018, when the Veterinary Clinic in Fairfield began to suspect shortages of a Schedule IV narcotic from their inventory, according to a statement from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
The clinic’s staff began an internal investigation, which culminated in a staff member observing Mills enter and leave the clinic prior to business hours. The clinic informed Fairfield Police Department Chief Dave Thomas, who immediately contacted the DCI Major Crime Unit and requested they conduct the investigation due to the conflict of interest.
Mills was observed Jan. 1 entering the Veterinary Clinic while on duty. A short time later, the officer was interviewed and during a search of his personal property, evidence of the burglary was recovered.
The Fairfield Police Department placed Mills on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. The prosecution of the case was referred from the Jefferson County Attorney’s office to the Washington County Attorney’s office in order to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.
Mills was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with second-degree burglary. He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail.
The joint investigation was conducted by the DCI, the Fairfield Police Department, the Jefferson County Attorney’s office and the Washington County Attorney’s office.