A 20-year veteran of the SF Sheriff's Department was arrested by federal agents Thursday over charges that she helped stage a burglary in her home and defrauded an insurance company. As ABC 7 tells it, Deputy April Myres was arrested at work and was served a search warrant for her home on Tocoloma Avenue in Visitacion Valley.
The alleged fake burglary happened in March 2016, and the reason behind it was apparently to help arm a convicted felon who was her boyfriend among the items said to be stolen were Myres's service firearm and a ballistic vest.
An investigation turned up surveillance footage from a camera across the street that proved that Myres was home at the time of the alleged burglary.
The FBI opened their case following a tip from a former cellmate of Antoine Fowler, the boyfriend in question, who "told an FBI agent Myres and Fowler had an 'intimate relationship' in the San Francisco County Jail," according to ABC 7. The two were allegedly planning a "vacation in Hawaii together," and the cellmate claimed that Myres promised to get Fowler a gun when he was released.
Myres was recently assigned as a jail ward at SF General, and KRON 4 has the statement from the Sheriff's Department, which reads:
The behavior described in the allegations against Ms. Myres falls wells below the standard of conduct we and the public expect of our peace officers and it is not reflective of the hard work and dedication of the men & women of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.
We are grateful to the FBI and the SF District Attorney’s office for their thorough and complete investigation of this matter with which we were actively involved from the beginning.
Ms.Myres has been placed on paid administrative leave pending review and evaluation of all the evidence to determine appropriate discipline up to and including termination.
Ms.Myres joined the sheriff’s department in July 1996 and was most recently assigned to the jail ward at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.