A former Arizona sheriff’s deputy has been arrested, accused of crashing weddings and dashing out with card boxes holding thousands of dollars.
Police say Landon Earl Rankin, 54, may be behind nearly a dozen wedding card box thefts in the East Valley.
Rankin was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on two counts of third-degree burglary stemming from two April incidents, the Chandler Police Department said in a news release. He was also hit with several drug charges after he was found in possession of methamphetamine and fentanyl during his arrest, police said.
Rankin first appeared on Chandler police’s radar after attending a wedding reception dressed as a guest on April 15. While there, he stole a card box containing an estimated $3,000 to $6,000, authorities said.
He targeted another reception on April 30, making off with a card box containing the same estimated value of $3,000 to $6,000, Chandler police said.
Investigators later learned of a similar wedding card box theft in nearby Pinal County, where Rankin was previously employed as a deputy with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office from 1994 until his retirement in 2015. He remained a reserve officer until 2017, spokesperson Lauren Reimer told NBC News.
In the Pinal County case, Rankin was arrested and charged, according to authorities.
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