EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) — A former El Dorado police officer has been arrested on multiple charges for allegedly stealing cash evidence.

According to a press release issued by the El Dorado Police Department, they received an internal report that an officer employed by the department had allegedly engaged in criminal activity.

The officer was immediately placed on administrative leave and an investigation was launched.

Aaron T. Smith

During the course of the investigation, former officer Aaron T. Smith resigned from the department. He had been employed with the department for five months.

Based on evidence gathered, an arrest warrant was obtained and Smith was arrested for Theft of Property, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Abuse of Public Trust.

“I am proud, without hesitation, how grateful I am that the alleged illegal activity was brought to light in short order. This unfortunate event is not reflective of the honesty and integrity of the fine men and women in our department,” Chief Kenneth Hickman said.