Former Central Coast police officer arrested for stealing medicine
April 10, 2014
A former officer with the Grover Beach and Atascadero police departments was arrested on burglary, elder abuse and possession of stolen property charges on March 31.
Michael Glen South, 57, is accused of using his position as the security director of the University Village senior living community in Thousand Oaks to burglarize homes. Because of possible emergency issues with seniors, South had key access to each residence.
Following up on a tip, officers served a search warrant at South’s home where they discovered multiple items believed to be stolen including guns, jewelry and medications.
In 2007, Atascadero fired Smith for sexual harassment and lying during a background check. Prior to working for Atascadero, Smith had been employed as a Grover Beach police officer from 1995 to 2002.