A upon the market Arizona deputy continues to be arrested and billed with stealing 1000s of dollars price of cash envelopes from newlyweds’ card boxes at a number of weddings, police stated.
Landon Earl Rankin, 54, was arrested on May 4 after he allegedly swiped between $6,000 and $12,000 from two separate weddings in Chandler.
Government bodies have dubbed him the “wedding crasher bandit.”
Surveillance footage allegedly taken him making served by the purported envelope boxes from weddings on April 15 and April 30. In the two cases, everybody the uninvited wedding guest disguised themself by wearing formal attire to match buddies and group of the wedding couple.
Everybody Rankin joined SoHo63 in Chandler on April 15 and crashed a personal wedding which was attended by roughly 140 people, based on a complaint acquired by Archiweekend.com. He allegedly later snuck served by the wedding’s gift certificate box. The venue ultimately reimbursed the couples’ family $1,000 for that thievery.
“Video footage from the incident was reviewed and also the defendant was observed on video grabbing this area, placing it right into a bag, [walking] from the rear exit, after which [running] to his vehicle and [driving] away,” a probable cause statement stated.
Surveillance footage also allegedly linked Rankin to many other wedding gift box heists. The 54-year-old can also be charged with absconding with cash from separate weddings in Mesa, Apache Junction and Gilbert in March and April.
Rankin, who had been arrested inside a parking area on May 4, allegedly accepted under questioning to attending the weddings. Government bodies say also, he divulged to investigators he spent the cash in the thefts on renovating his fishing-boat.
“The defendant did admit he attended the weddings to hear the marriage vows while he was dealing with the divorce,” the case’s probable cause statement stated. “When requested concerning the money in the thefts and when there is anything left, the defendant mentioned it had been all gone while he was fixing his bass boat.”
Several wedding cards put together in Rankin’s vehicle, government bodies mentioned, in addition to checks in the Chandler wedding on April 29.
Police also allegedly found crystal meth, a blue pill that contains fentanyl covered with tinfoil along with a straw with “burned residue” inside a tobacco tin in Rankin’s possession. Rankin, who denied as being a drug-user, claimed he was “holding” the narcotics for any friend, court filings allege.
Rankin was billed with two counts of third-degree legal burglary, based on the Chandler Police Department. He seemed to be slapped with a lot more drug possession charges.
He was on probation in Apache Junction associated with another situation during the time of his arrest.
Rankin had offered in the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in excess of 2 decades. The 54-year-old upon the market in the office in 2015 after 21 many years of service, a spokesperson for that agency stated. He continued to be a reserve officer until 2017.
Rankin, who’s likely to come in court Wednesday, has been held without bond in a Maricopa County detention facility, police stated. Also, he has court dates looking for evidentiary and preliminary proceedings on Thursday and Friday, correspondingly.
Sage Allen, Rankin’s public defender, didn’t immediately react to Archiweekend.com’s request comment concerning the case’s allegations on Wednesday mid-day.
Based on court papers, Rankin has labored like a barn manager in a Pinal County horse stable within the last six several weeks. Calls placed towards the business weren’t clarified on Wednesday.
Anybody and also require touch Rankin or might have any more details about his activities are advised to make contact with Chandler Police Department detectives at 480-782-4130.
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