Decatur – James Chervinko, Deputy Chief of Police announced they have arrested one of their own officers.
Police conducted an investigation leading officers to arrest Matthew A. Knuckles on February 14, for a theft over $500.00 and official misconduct. Knuckles served with the Department for 18 years as a detective for the Department's Street Crime Unit.
The arrest is related to the theft of Decatur Police Department issued funds and falsification of official financial documents.
Knuckles was booked in the Macon County Jail. He also resigned from the Decatur Police Department Friday.
In a statement Chief of Police Todd Walker said the crime was "disheartening, but whenever a police officer commits criminal misconduct, jeopardizes the agency's integrity and violates the public trust, it will be dealt with by my administration swiftly."
A criminal investigation continues and police are making no further comments.