Ex-O’Fallon, Mo., detective pleads guilty to stealing drugs from evidence locker

Mark Schlinkmann, Dec 4, 2015 

O’FALLON, Mo.   •   A former O’Fallon police detective has pleaded guilty to stealing drugs from the department’s evidence locker.

Luke A. Smyka, 36, will be sentenced Feb. 1 by St. Charles County Circuit Judge Jon Cunningham.

Smyka, who had been an 11-year veteran of the department, was charged with 19 counts of stealing a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said Smyka pleaded guilty to each charge, all of which related to prescription painkillers. The plea was entered on Tuesday. Court records said the thefts were in 2013 and last year.

Smyka had received several department commendations during his career. According to court documents, Smyka told investigators he was addicted to painkillers.

Lohmar said because of the charges against Smyka, his office had dismissed three unrelated cases against others in which Smyka had involvement in the police investigation.

Lohmar said he couldn’t comment on the cases but that none involved drugs or a violent crime.

Mark Schlinkmann, Dec. 4, 2015, St. Louis Post Dispatch, “Ex-O’Fallon, Mo., detective pleads guilty to stealing drugs from evidence locker”, http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/ex-o-fallon-mo-detective-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-drugs/article_dc800e81-98ce-5773-a5ea-95a2c2ac60ac.html?utm_source=hootsuite