The former chief of police at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport was arrested Wednesday on charges related to selling guns that had been seized as evidence.
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced the arrest of Tony Walker on felony charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and tampering with evidence.
Walker was the first police chief at the airport and resigned his position last Thursday.
According to the sheriff's office, the investigation was initiated approximately three weeks ago when it was discovered that Walker sold approximately 23 weapons to a local business.
A query of the serial numbers of the weapons sold by Walker revealed that approximately 20 of the firearms had previously been submitted as evidence at the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, and had been scheduled for destruction.
However, in February 2006, Walker stole the weapons prior to the destruction, and falsified documentation indicating that they had been destroyed, the sheriff's department said in a statement.
At the time of the theft, Walker was assigned to the Property and Evidence section at the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
Walker was booked into the Bay County Jail.
Meanwhile, the investigation is continuing with additional charges possible. No other persons have been identified as being involved in the theft, the sheriff's department said.