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Twin Lakes Police Capt. Dennis Linn voluntarily resigns after allegedly stealing drugs

Posted at 10:59 AM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 18:24:36-05

TWIN LAKES — Capt. Dennis Linn voluntarily resigned from the Twin Lakes Police Department on Tuesday, the department said in a news release.

Linn and his wife are facing felony charges after the officer allegedly stole drugs out of the department's evidence room.

Linn's next court date is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 28.

Linn, 47, was charged after he reportedly was caught on video stealing the drugs.

According to a criminal complaint, a Twin Lakes detective told a Wisconsin Department of Justice special agent that on Feb. 11 Linn helped him package drugs in the evidence room to be destroyed. The detective said Linn complained about his wife's doctor taking her off pain medication while they worked in the room.

The detective noticed a half-full bottle of Oxycodone pills in the garbage that day, and the next the bottle was gone.

The DOJ special agent reviewed security footage, which captured Linn going back into the room and allegedly taking the pills, according to the criminal complaint.

On Feb. 13, the DOJ and Walworth County sheriff searched Linn's house and found pain pill bottles prescribed to other people, along with marijuana, vaporizer TCH cartridges and other drug paraphernalia.

Authorities tracked down the people originally prescribed the pills, who said they dropped them off at the police department to be destroyed.

Linn is facing three felony drug charges along with a misdemeanor theft charge. If convicted, he could face a maximum penalty of more than 11 years behind bars. Linn's wife, Cheryl, is also facing a felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

Despite the allegations against Linn, Twin Lakes Police Chief Grosz says he still has faith in the drug take-back program.

“We’re going to look at our process make sure that we take any precautions to make sure that this will never happen again. I do believe in the program and it does remove a lot of prescription medication off the street,” said Grosz.

Grosz also said he was proud of his officer’s integrity and diligence when it came to identifying another officer doing wrong.