Off-duty Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy arrested for theft

McALLEN — An off-duty sheriff’s deputy was arrested on a theft charge late Wednesday, according to Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra.

McAllen police arrested Robert Sanchez Jr., 36, on a Class B misdemeanor theft charge shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of East Jackson Avenue, said Sgt. John Saenz, police spokesman. “Sanchez was arrested with two other adults and charged with the theft of property from a local business,” according to Saenz, who provided few details about the arrest.

The address in question belongs to a Walmart Supercenter.

Sanchez was arraigned Thursday at the McAllen Municipal Court and given a $1,000 cash bond for the misdemeanor charge, which is punishable by up to 180 days in county jail and a $2,000 fine.

The probable cause affidavit tied to his arrest was not immediately available Thursday from the municipal court.

The sheriff placed Sanchez on administrative leave without pay Thursday pending an internal investigation, according to a message Guerra posted on the agency’s Facebook page.

“Police distinction and excellence in any law enforcement agency is achieved through continuous care for our citizens and accountability for all my employees,” Guerra wrote. “I am extremely disappointed, and greatly concerned about the reported arrest of one of my deputies.”