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BPD: Officer arrested in suspected petty theft after allegedly flushing marijuana down toilet

Posted at 2:52 PM, Aug 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-04 20:38:41-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The Bakersfield Police Department said a senior officer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of petty theft after an audit of body camera footage from a citizen's complaint alleged he flushed legally obtained marijuana down a toilet.

BPD said on Nov. 11th, 2021, Senior Police Officer B. Thebeau and other officers searched a residence after obtaining a warrant and a person was arrested after brandishing a firearm at an officer.

Thebeau, out of the view of the other officers, flushed about two ounces of legally obtained marijuana down a toilet, said BPD.

A report about the investigation was submitted to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office

BPD said Thebeau was issued an arrest citation as is standard procedure for this criminal charge and the officer is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.

Thebeau was also involved in an officer-involved shooting back in June of 2018.

Thebeau attempted to pull over a car in South Bakersfield. The driver, Jose Reyes ran from the car and during the chase, shots were fired.

Reyes survived, and investigators learned he had a warrant for attempted murder.

A review board found all shots fired were within state and federal guidelines and Thebeau returned to full duty following that incident.