Former police officer pleads not guilty

Published 1:26 pm Thursday, August 26, 2010

A former East Brewton police officer charged in connection with the theft of drugs from Fred’s pharmacy has pleaded not guilty.

Matthew Kirk, 36, of 118 Duncan St. and a former lieutenant with the East Brewton Police Department, was arrested last week on a grand jury indictment charging him with two counts of burglary, one count of theft of property; and an ethics violation.

He was released on $100,000 bond shortly after he was arrested Aug. 17.

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Kirk was implicated in the March burglary at Fred’s pharmacy by his brother, Jason Kirk, Escambia County Sheriff’s Department officers have said.

A confidential informant told ECSO officers that Jason Kirk had told him that he had a large quantity of Xanax, which deputies suspected were from the Fred’s burglary.

Jason Kirk is incarcerated in Escambia County, Fla., charged with a variety of narcotics offenses, including trafficking drugs.

Officers said he implicated his brother during his confession, saying that Matthew Kirk was on duty during the burglary.

A Facebook page supporting Matthew Kirk has attracted 175 members, some of whom have posted that they believe he is innocent.