FAIRFIELD, Iowa – A Fairfield police officer has been charged with burglary for allegedly stealing narcotics from a veterinary clinic.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety says 31-year-old Ryan Mills was charged with 2nd degree burglary Monday and was booked into the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Jail.
The investigation began in November of 2018 after the Veterinary Clinic in Fairfield noticed shortages of a Schedule IV narcotic from its inventory. The staff at the clinic investigated internally and one employee noticed a Fairfield Police Officer, later identified as Mills, enter the clinic and leave before business hours one day.
The information was reported to the Fairfield Chief of Police, Dave Thomas, and he contacted the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to look into the matter to avoid a conflict of interest in the case.
Mills was seen entering the Veterinary Clinic on January 1st while on duty and a short time later was interviewed. During a search of his personal property, investigators recovered evidence of the burglary.
Mills was placed on administrative leave immediately.
The Washington County Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case in order to avoid a conflict of interest in the case.