Deputy fired for taking razors from market without paying

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— A Lee County sheriff's deputy was fired Monday for lying about taking razors from a Fort Myers Publix without paying.

Detectives began investigating Andrew Sargis, a corrections deputy, after a loss prevention officer at Publix said she saw a uniformed deputy sticking two packages of razors in his pocket and leaving the store without paying in mid-July. Investigators identified Sargis after viewing surveillance videos, according to an internal affairs document.

Detectives first met with Sargis in early September, but he denied taking razors from the supermarket. During a polygraph later that week, Sargis continued to deny taking the razors, but the polygraph examiner said the results indicated deception, according to the documents.

When confronted with the results, Sargis said he left with the razors by accident and didn't realize he had taken them until he was home later that day. The deputy said he was too embarrassed to return to pay for them and "suggested some personal issues may have contributed to his poor judgment and lack of reasoning," documents state.

Three days later, Sargis returned to the Publix to pay $30.73 for one package of razors, according to the report. Toward the end of the investigation, Sargis said he lied about taking the razors because he was scared of being labeled a thief.

Internal investigators said Sargis's actions showed untruthfulness in proceedings and conduct unbecoming of an officer.

"This behavior causes substantial doubts concerning his honesty, integrity and respect for the laws of the county, state, or nation," they wrote.

Detectives requested a misdemeanor warrant for Sargis, but the State Attorney's Office determined there was insufficient evidence for an arrest, according to the internal affairs summary. The criminal investigation was closed in mid-September.

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