Jacksonville Detective Charged With Theft, Tampering With Evidence

Oct 6, 2017

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detective faces charges of theft and tampering with evidence, officials announced Friday.

Investigators are still looking for a motive.

Undersheriff Pat Ivey said Detective Jason Mann — an 11-year veteran of JSO — admits to petty theft and tampering with evidence, which is a third-degree felony.

Ivey said the crime occurred Thursday evening when Mann and a team of narcotics detectives served a warrant at a home on Jacksonville’s Westside.

”During the search warrant there was evidence such as narcotics and money, cash, currency that was found during the search warrant and the detective took a one hundred dollar bill,” he said.

Ivey said the sergeant gathered the detectives at the scene and asked them to empty their pockets. Two of the detectives, including Mann, had a $100 bill.

Photographs of the elicit bills had already been taken for evidence. The serial number on Mann’s matched the missing bill.

“Absolutely we’re concerned with it. I think for this initial case it calls into question he was the affiant on the warrant for the house. Right there you have challenges on that case,” he said.

Mann has resigned, so Ivey said there’s no need for an internal review after the criminal investigation is completed.