Former Jefferson County commissioner faces theft charges

A former Jefferson County commissioner turned himself in to authorities Tuesday after prosecutors charged him in connection with a theft investigation.

County attorney Caleb Stegall said he filed felony charges of theft in excess of $100,000 and attempted theft in excess of $100,000 against Don Edmonds, of McLouth.

Edmonds resigned from the commission in January after authorities said they were looking into a reported theft at a McLouth BP station that he had managed and formerly owned.

Stegall did not release details about the charges, but he said the victim in the case was King’s Construction Co. of Oskaloosa — not Topeka-based Haag Oil, the owner of the McLouth convenience store.

Sheriff Jeff Herrig said the charges stem from allegations of theft by deception, but authorities did not release details on what they allege was stolen. Messages left at King’s Construction Tuesday were not returned.

Sheriff’s officers started their investigation in January after Haag Oil officials reported $12,000 missing from the McLouth station. A Haag Oil general manager said the money was later accounted for, but Herrig directed detectives and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to look into the case.

Herrig said Edmonds would likely appear in court Wednesday afternoon. Jefferson County Republicans appointed former commissioner Lynn Luck to serve the rest of Edmonds’ term.