I talked with the Bowie County (Texas) reserve sheriff’s deputy who was the one who tipped off New Mexico State Police to the Greg Solano embezzlement investigation.
Randall Baggett in August bought a Galls’ level III-A vest after his winning bid of $235 for the vest that, if purchased online through the company, retails anywhere from $900 to $1,500. Cops can purchase these vest for much cheaper than the general public and the price Solano was charged through his county-purchases of the vests were likely much lower.
Sheriff Robert Garcia told me Tuesday he would not comment on any specific items embezzled until after an audit of the department, but told the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday (a day after after my first eBay article already published in Wednesday morning’s paper) that the vests likely only cost the department around $350.
Baggett, until Wednesday when I contacted him, had no idea the fall out of his tip (by the way, he has since purchased another vest he uses for work).
Here are the last few lines of the article that published in Thursday’s New Mexican (HERE):
As for Baggett, he said contacting and cooperating with New Mexico State Police was a no-brainer, but added he had no idea what had come of the case in recent weeks.
“Who was this guy, anyway? A volunteer there? A deputy?” Baggett asked a reporter.
When told that Solano was a sheriff about to complete his second four-year term, Baggett was shocked.
“Are you kidding me?” Baggett asked. “Wow. I’m glad to hear it looks like it’s over now.”
On a related note to the Solano story, the Santa Fe Reporter has a great interactive interactive timeline on the Solano’s financial woes through the years.
Here is the link to that: http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-5806-anatomy-of-a-downfall.html . . . Make sure you read through the article because the cool interactive timeline is at the bottom of the article (there is also an image of a timeline to the left of the article, but the one at the bottom is the good stuff).