ATLANTA - The son of the Atlanta police chief and current firefighter, is in trouble with the law after he was allegedly caught shoplifting.
Firefighter Thomas Turner is the son of Atlanta Police Chief George Turner. A shoplifting case normally doesn't make the news, but this firefighter is the chief’s son.
Thomas Turner was arrested in Douglasville on Feb. 28 on suspicion of shoplifting from the Thornton Road Walmart in Douglasville.
Channel 2 exclusively obtained a report that said Turner was watched by a Walmart loss prevention employee putting items in his pockets. That employee called 911. When officers arrived, the report states officers found Turner with packs of underwear, two water bottles along with AA batteries and flashlights stuffed in his pocket.
The retail value was $38.28. The officer arrested Turner for theft by shoplifting.
When Channel 2 contacted the Atlanta Fire Department officials, they said they are aware of the arrest and released a brief statement:
"Firefighter Turner has returned to work and has been reassigned to a non-safety-sensitive position. The Department’s Office of Professional Standards is awaiting the results of the court’s disposition of the case before making a decision as to any departmental action."
The case remains an open investigation by the police department. Turner's status at the fire department will depend largely on his court case.