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Sanford officer accused of stealing money during traffic stop

Posted May 3, 2012

— A Sanford police officer is accused of stealing money from a driver he pulled over. 

Officer Randall McGehee was fired last month over the incident. 

The driver said McGehee pulled him over on Tramway Road on April 14, then took $200 from his wallet without his knowledge or consent. 

McGehee, 43, of 643 S. Plank Road, was charged with misdemeanor larceny. He was placed in the Lee County jail under a $1,500 bond. 

He is due in court on June 4.


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  • jjsmith1973 May 4, 2012

    Also, that is how the state troopers came to have so many problems in this state a few years ago. With the people giving so much power to officers and thinking that they can't do any wrong and always get things right. I have even seen people in the state defend an officer caught red handed commiting a crime. "oh, he was dealing drugs because he doesn't get paid enough." Heck, I have even seen someone make that statement on this comment thread for this story. In this area cops, officers, deputies, troopers get paid a good amount compared to where I grew up. Plus, no excuse for a crime, not getting paid enough. The system will never get fixed in this state because no one see it for what it is broken. When I see people get mad about a guy that is wrongly convicted of murder and spent 17 years in jail because the sbi and police lied and someone else confessed to the crime and people get made because he is released. I think there is something wrong.

  • airbornemonty May 4, 2012

    I have never received a traffic ticket so I really don't know, but the complaint just doesn't sound right to me.

    It would be foolish to hand over your wallet to anyone and certainly a police officer knowes better than to ask for someone to hand over their wallet in order to check the drivers licence and vehicle registration.

  • jjsmith1973 May 4, 2012

    and no I'm not some two bit person that gets in trouble but I'm sure someone will make the comment, that is why I was asked if they could search my vehicle. I'm miliatry and my father is a retired vet and also a police officer. I was actually asked if my car could be searched after DDing for some military friends and my license plate light was burnt out is why I was pulled. I figured I would give the reason to head off all the comments that would come with my privious post.

  • jjsmith1973 May 4, 2012

    @afund259 People lose their job when police falses accuse them all the time and thye do it while the public rain down on them and condem them until they prove they didn't do it. This officer was fired and not suspended without pay, my guess is he did do you.Ignorant are you sir for believing that it is the guy that got robbed fault and not the officer. He is a officer so it means he didn't do it and the citizen is the one that is actually commiting a crime? Once again though that is how so many officers and state officials have gotten away for so long with so much. People hold them above the average tax paying citizen with no good check and balance. Then comment after comment that the guy did no wrong because he is a cop. So it has to be the citizen filing a false report, breaking the law. Yes the officer can get into your wallet without you realizing it. I have stepped out of my car and left my wallet in it for a cop to search my vehicle for absolutly no good reason to find nothing.

  • kampercam May 4, 2012

    I seriously doubt he would be fired without proof ABO 2012.

  • mattcli May 4, 2012

    I'm glad this guy got fired and arrested for what he did. Bad cops make life harder for the good ones. Maybe it shouldn't be that way, but people can't help but be suspicious when they hear about corrupt or abusive cops. To the good cops out there, guys like this aren't your brothers and aren't deserving of your support or protection. They're as dangerous to you as anyone.

  • working for deadbeats May 4, 2012

    So what's the proof wral? An accusation is not proof and you couldn't make an arrest just on that, so what's the proof in this case?

    If he is innocent, I doubt we will ever know. That wouldn't be a fun article to publish.

  • jjsmith1973 May 4, 2012

    More problematic to me in itself is the fact people seem to think that no law enforment ever do anything wrong at all. Going as far in the comments as saying that the man that was robbed is lying or making it up or had was trying to pay off the officer. WOW! really? As for the "few bad apples" I to reject this. These stories are the ones we see. There are plenty more I would guess that we don't. The past couple of years of news stories on law enforment just in this area are more then what I would consider a few bad apples. On top of which there has even been entire police forces let go or a large groups of officers in a department charged. In a year to date all the stories just in this region wouldn't even be able to post in the space allowed. Once again these are the stories that are known. Plus, in certain professions a few more than a couple of bad apples is a cocern given the power that people has allowed for this profession to posses. Just like one bad judge is one too many

  • thepeopleschamp May 4, 2012

    "How about the NYC officer to knocked over the cyclist and the police union stood up for him?" JAFOinWF

    A NY police union is something the officer PAYS to defend him. Of course they took his side, he's paying them to do that, just like a lawyer. Duh.

  • thepeopleschamp May 4, 2012

    "I completely reject that because when bad cops are found out, the police union stands up for them and there is noone that gets fired." JAFOinWF

    1. NC does not have a real police union. 2. Not only was this guy fired, he was arrested. 3. "all cops are dirty"? Do you make the same assumptions based on race, if a few people of a race do something wrong they are all bad? Is that how you think? Also, if you think USA is anything like a "police state", you really need to find out what a true police state is.