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Hernando Co. sergeant, deputy charged with grand theft

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Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced the arrests at a news conference Friday morning. Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced the arrests at a news conference Friday morning.
HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - A deputy and a sergeant with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office were arrested on grand theft charges in connection with two separate incidents.

Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis announced the arrests at a news conference Friday morning.

"We can and we will hold our own accountable for their actions," said Nienhuis.

Joseph Reid, 41, who resigned from his position as a sergeant with HCSO, was charged with grand theft.

Reid was hired in 2001 and is accused of stealing about $2,700 from the Sheriff's Office's Vice Department.

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Investigators say that Reid's supervisor, Capt. Tom Garcia, discovered that Reid was stealing the money and replaced it. Garcia was placed on administrative leave.

Michael Glatfelter, 51, who resigned from his position as a deputy with HCSO, was charged with grand theft and organized scheme to defraud.

Glatfelter is accused of stealing $1,100 from a memorial fund set up for the family of Scott Brierwiler, a Hernando County Sheriff's Deputy who was killed in a crash.  Money from the memorial fund was supposed to benefit Brierwiler's widow and children.

Investigators say Glatfelter, who had been with the HCSO since 1989, spent the money on chewing tobacco, contact lenses, vitamins and other things.

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