- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—PRATTVILLE — A former Autauga Metro Jail corrections officer resigned Tuesday morning after being indicted on theft charges.

Lawanda Suvan Lee, 34, of the 4300 block of Radburn Road, Montgomery, was indicted on a charge of theft of lost property, said Sheriff Joe Sedinger. She was arrested Tuesday morning as she began her shift at the jail and quickly resigned from her post, he said.

“This is very disappointing,” Sedinger said. “She has worked for the sheriff’s office for about seven years and up to now has been an excellent employee. She made a very bad decision, and this is something I won’t tolerate.”

No booking photograph was available at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday because Lee was still being processed in the jail she used to work in. She has a $10,000 bond, courthouse records show. She could not be reached for comment and court records show she doesn’t have an attorney.

“She was processed just like everyone else, she was booked, fingerprinted and photographed,” Sedinger said. “Her family in now working on getting a bond, so she may be released shortly after she is processed.

“If she does have to spend some time in jail, she won’t be placed in general population. She’s a former jail officer, so for the safety of the institution and for her safety, she won’t go into general population.”

Lee allegedly took a purse that had been left in a shopping cart at a Prattville grocery store, courthouse records show. When asked about what happened by investigators about a week later, she returned the purse but some items were allegedly missing, records show.

The case was investigated by the Prattville Police Dept. The sheriff’s office is responsible for serving grand jury warrants. The grand jury wrapped ups its deliberations Friday.

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