Shoplifting charges prompt Johnston Co. deputy's firing

December 15, 2011 1:01:01 PM PST
A Johnston County Sheriff's deputy lost his job Wednesday after Smithfield Police charged him with shoplifting.

Smithfield Police cited Rodney Bentley, 51, of Kenly around 10 a.m. Wednesday for allegedly stealing a pair of shoes from Rack Room Shoes on Industrial Park Drive.

Police told WTSB Radio that Bentley attempted to leave the business with a pair of shoes when he was stopped by a store employee. Officers gave Bentley a criminal citation and was ordered to appear in District Court Jan. 30 on the misdemeanor charge.

Bentley had been a Johnston County Sheriff's Office employee for 12 years.

The firing comes just one day after Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell announced five employees were out of work following an internal investigation.

The investigation centered around inappropriate texting on personal phones. The sheriff confirmed Detective David Hildreth voluntarily resigned Dec. 5. Jailors Doug Haddix, Kim Batts, Karen Massengill, and Cindy Brantley were terminated for alleged conduct unbecoming of a detention officer.  

With information from Mickey Lamm/WTSB Radio

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