Former Arizona Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Allegedly Crashing Weddings and Stealing Newlyweds’ Gifts

Former Arizona Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Allegedly Crashing Weddings and Stealing Newlyweds’ Gifts

(Link): Ex-sheriff’s deputy accused of crashing weddings, stealing card boxes with at least $3K each

After Landon Earl Rankin’s arrest, police in Chandler, Arizona, said they had connected him to at least 11 incidents of theft in the East Valley.

May 9, 2022
By Marlene Lenthang

A former Arizona sheriff’s deputy has been arrested, accused of crashing weddings and dashing out with card boxes holding thousands of dollars.

(Link):  Ex-deputy accused of posing as wedding guest to steal gifts 

by The AP
May 6, 2022

A retired sheriff’s deputy posed as a guest at two Phoenix-area weddings to steal boxes of cards containing thousands of dollars and is under investigation in a series of similar crimes, authorities said Friday.

Landon Earl Rankin, 54, was arrested Wednesday in the thefts at private venues in April and was being held without bond, according to Chandler police and court and jail records.

According to police, the two stolen boxes of wedding cards each contained between $3,000 and $6,000.

(Link): Former Arizona Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Allegedly Crashing Weddings and Stealing Newlyweds’ Gifts

May 9, 2022
by Paul Best

A former sheriff’s deputy in Arizona allegedly crashed as many as 11 weddings and stole thousands of dollars worth of gifts from newly married couples, the Chandler Police Department said this week.

Landon Earl Rankin, 54, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of two counts of burglary in relations to thefts at two Phoenix-area weddings last month.

He is also facing several drug charges after police found amphetamine and fentanyl in his possession, according to Chandler police.

Rankin would allegedly pose as a guest at weddings and steal boxes of wedding cards. The boxes at the Phoenix-area weddings both contained between $3,000 and $6,000.

During the investigation, police uncovered at least 11 recent incidents of similar wedding thefts in the East Valley region of Arizona that Rankin could be responsible for.

Surveillance images released by the Chandler Police Department show Rankin in a button-down shirt and slacks running with what is allegedly the wedding card boxes in a plastic bag.

Rankin retired from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 after 21 years on the force.

He told police after he was arrested that he attended the weddings to hear the vows “because he was going through a divorce,” according to a probable-cause statement.

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