West Palm Beach police officer arrested, charged with grand theft

Correction: Because of a reporting error, a previous version of this story incorrectly said that Officer Zachary Immler had been fired from the West Palm Beach Police Department. He has been placed on administrative leave, and relieved of duty.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A West Palm Beach police police officer was arrested Tuesday in connection with a grand theft investigation that began in October. 

The suspect, Zachary M. Immler, 31, of Boca Raton, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.

On Oct. 25, police were searching a home located in the 900 block of 29th St. in West Palm Beach.

Police said narcotics agents were in the process of executing a search warrant at that location when the occupant informed police there was money and illegal narcotics inside the home.

Initially, agents located only narcotics.   However, Sgt. David Lefont said police eventually found the currency in Officer Immler's possession.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Immler admitted to stealing the money to his supervisor while the search warrant was being executed. "I got it. I got the money. I'm sorry...I did something stupid. I put the money in the car," Immler said, according to court records. 

Those same records also say Immler admitted stealing the cash to two other officers involved in the initial search warrant execution. According to police, Immler stole a total of $6,520.

Immler was placed on paid administrative leave the same day the search warrant was executed. 

Lefont said Immler, who was hired in November 2010, has been relieved of duty.

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