According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “On August 14, 2020, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office opened a criminal investigation on a deputy for a theft involving a department fuel card.”
Through the course of the investigation, it was determined by detectives that the fuel card had been improperly used on a non-department vehicle during the months of July and August, a total of 13 transactions were made at a local fuel station.
On August 13, 2020, Spencer was attempting to fuel up his personal vehicle using a flagged card and the transaction was denied. A St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office administrator was advised of the failed transaction electronically and deputies were dispatched to the fueling station to determine who was attempting to use the card.
On August 18, 2020, Corrections Deputy Christopher Spencer admitted to detectives that he acquired the fuel card while he was on duty at the St. Landry Parish Jail and placed it in his pocket. At the end of his shift, he stored the fuel card in his personal vehicle. During the course of a 41 day time period, Christopher Spencer admitted to using the card numerous times to fuel his personal vehicle without the permission and consent of the Sheriff’s Office.
Christopher Spencer was then transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail, where he was charged and booked for theft, 13 counts of unauthorized use of an access card and attempted unauthorized use of an access card.
Sheriff Guidroz stated. “This was very troubling to me that one of my own would steal from the taxpayers and my office. I am the steward of your taxes and if it takes me arresting one of my own for theft, I will. Checks and balances are conducted by my supervisors who noticed the transactions did not coincide with our department units and mileage. The card was then flagged and the investigation was opened.”
On behalf of Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, this is Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.