A deputy jailer at the Hardin County Detention Center was arrested early this morning at his residence and charged with stealing more than $10,000 in cash from an area home.

David Eugene Ford, 58, of Clarkson, was arrested by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. He posted a $10,000 unsecured bond and was released from the jail this afternoon.

“He was fired about two minutes after he was brought in,” Hardin County Jailer Josh Lindblom said.

According to an arrest citation, a prisoner at the jail told Ford where he could find “hidden cash” at a Salt River Road residence in Hardin County. Later, a prisoner then wanted to speak with jail officials and he told them what had been shared with Ford, who was hired at the jail last June, Lindblom said.

Jail officials learned Tuesday afternoon of the conversation and theft and immediately contacted the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.

"(The) subject obtained information from a prisoner under his control regarding whereabouts of hidden cash,” according to the citation.

A search warrant was issued at Ford’s residence and a "large amount of cash was recovered,'' the citation stated.

Ford is charged with theft by unlawful taking of more than $10,000 and less than $1 million, a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

Lindblom said Ford is an isolation cell at the jail to be away from the general population due to formerly working there and COVID-19 precautions.

“He’ll get no special treatment,” Lindblom said. “He will be treated like any other prisoner.”

See Thursday’s print edition of The News-Enterprise for more details.

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