UPDATE: Theft charges dismissed against Lexington firefighter

UPDATE POSTED 10 a.m. TUESDAY, AUG. 3, 2021

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Theft charges against a Lexington firefighter have been dismissed.

According to the Jessamine County District Court Clerk’s office, prosecutors amended charges against Michael Garrett were amended to attempted theft, which is a misdemeanor and then the charges were dismissed during court Monday.

Garrett’s status with the fire department remains in limbo pending continued investigation and review, the department said in a e-mail response to WTVQ ABC 36 News.

Garrett originally was accused of taking money from a youth softball team he coached.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 7:30 P.M. FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington firefighter was arrested Friday at his Nicholasville home, accused of stealing money from a youth softball team he coaches, according to Nicholasville Police.

Police say Michael Garrett was the only person who had access to the team’s bank account, which had more than $1,600 in it.

Investigators say Garrett took money from the account for his own personal use.

Police say they received complaints from parents of players about missing money from the team’s account.

Garrett was taken to the Jessamine County Detention Center and held without bond on theft charges, according to the detention center’s website.

The Lexington Fire Department says Garrett has been placed on administrative duty with pay, pending an internal investigation.

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