February 01, 2017  |  04:26 pm

An investigation requested by Causeway Police Chief Nick Congemi into missing evidence has resulted in an arrest of a Causeway Police officer.

Causeway Police Sergeant William Jones Jr. was arrested this afternoon, by members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Corruption Unit, for one count of felony theft and malfeasance.

The investigation started after $6,300 and narcotics were discovered missing from the evidence room of the Causeway Police Department. Chief Congemi notified Sheriff Randy Smith of the missing evidence and asked that the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office investigate the incident. The investigation led investigators to the evidence officer, 44-year old Sergeant William Jones Jr., who ultimately confessed to the theft.

Statement by Causeway Police Chief Nick Congemi:

“On Tuesday January 24th, we were notified by St. Tammany District Attorney Warren Montgomery's office that certain evidence was missing and could not be located.  After conferring with the DA's office and Sheriff Randy Smith's office, it was decided the St. Tammany Sheriff’s department conduct an investigation to ensure a swift and independent process.  We have worked diligently with them each step of the way to get to the bottom of this incident. Today, Sheriff Smith made an arrest, recorded a confession and we have terminated Causeway Police Sergeant William Jones, Jr.”

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, “Whenever a law enforcement officer fails to uphold his oath to our citizens, it affects all of us. We will not tolerate corruption of any kind in this parish.”

Jones was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail this afternoon. A bond has yet to be set.