by Erica Stapleton, WFMY-TV, Greensboro, N.C.
ROCKWELL, N.C. — A Davidson County Sheriff’s Deputy has been fired after allegedly robbing a bank in Rowan County on Tuesday, according to Davidson County Sheriff David Grice.
Sheriff Grice fired Deputy Jeff Athey as soon as he learned of his arrest.
“They know that they’re not going to be employed with me if they violate the law,” Sheriff Grice said in a phone interview. “They know what the law is. He knew what the law was.”
Rockwell Police say Athey went into F&M Bank around 4 p.m. Tuesday, pulled out a gun and told the clerk he needed money. Investigators say he took off in a silver mustang, but Rowan County deputies caught up with him about 5 minutes later.
Sheriff Grice says he’s thankful his former deputy didn’t injure anyone or resist arrest, but he’s stunned by what happened.
“I am as shocked and appalled as anyone else about Mr. Athey’s behavior,” Sheriff Grice says. “His employment with our agency gave no indications of this type of behavior.”
Sheriff Grice says Jeff Athey was with the Sheriff’s Office for several years in the civil division, responsible for prisoner transport.
Sheriff Grice couldn’t comment on the details of the case because it’s being handled by investigators in Rowan County.
Police say all the money that was taken from the bank was recovered. The bank posted a sign on its door saying it will be closed Wednesday due to the robbery.