As our top 10 stories of 2018 continue, we take a look at a former Wichita Falls Police Officer who was no longer enforcing the law but breaking it.
Former Wichita Falls Police Officer Scott Bradley Higgins, is serving two 10-year prison terms in the state prison in Amarillo.
Higgins, 54, pleaded guilty to two counts of organized retail theft over $300,000 and money laundering also over $300,000.
Authorities said Higgins and his family operated a shoplifting ring and paid local drug addicts to steal high-dollar items from places like Walmart, Target, Home Depot and Lowe’s.
Stores from Wichita Falls to Fort Worth were targets of the ring, and stolen items would be posted on websites like Amazon or eBay at half price.
Bank statements obtained during the investigation showed more than $125,000 in Higgins accounts came from the scheme.
Investigators found PayPal deposits totaling more than $250,000 deposited In various accounts of the family from 2017 to 2018.
Wichita Falls detectives and DPS agents investigated the scheme, and a detective in April was able to get a photo of Higgins’ open garage, with new in the box retail merchandise stacked inside.
Higgins’ wife, son and stepdaughter were initially charged in the scheme but those charges were later dropped as part of Higgins’ plea agreement.
Higgins worked for the WFPD for 16 years before taking a medical retirement.
Check out the other top 10 stories of 2018:
- Top Story 2018: Studio E shootings
- Top Story 2018: Fatal DPS chase and shooting
- Top Story 2018: Investigation into Heath Hodges death
- Top Story 2018: MMA Fighter Bubba McDaniel loses his son
- Top Story 2018: Olney PD finds their new lead man