Security officer accused of stealing what he was paid to protect from downtown buildings

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Electronics worth thousands of dollars were allegedly stolen from the state by a worker with all-access keycard.

During a three-month period, investigators allege a security officer stole electronics at Rhodes and Riffe Towers downtown.

jeffon-championInvestigators allege that while Jeffon Champion was making his rounds of the buildings, he was also stealing electronics.

Champion, 21, worked for Allied Barton Security, which has contracts to guard several state facilities. A search warrant issued for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Office of Criminal Investigation shows Champion allegedly stole high-end cameras, lenses, laptops, iPads, cell phones and other electronics.

NBC4 spoke with Barton Security officials who would say only background checks are performed on officers.

NBC4 spoke through the window of Champion’s home with his mother, who said she recently got out of the hospital and didn’t want to comment. But a, friend of the family did.

“He is a working young man, good family background, and I am really sorry to hear this,” said Minister Darren Davis, with Rehoboth Temple Church. “But if it is true, I would appreciate it if he is given an opportunity to get himself together, because he must have been going through something that is not his makeup.”

According to the affidavit in the warrant, Champion is accused in nine different thefts from June through August. He is accused of stealing from the Attorney General’s Office, Dept. of Mental Health, Office of Budget and Management, Department of Developmental Disabilities, all in Rhodes Tower and The Department of Commerce and The Ohio State Racing Commission in the Riffe Tower.

“I know his mom and dad and they didn’t rear him to be like that,” Davis said.

The warrant shows Champion sold several of the electronics to Lev’s Pawn Shop on August 15 at 12:25 p.m. and to A Brice Pawn Shop in Reynoldsburg, provided his driver’s license during both sales.

Champion was arraigned in a Franklin County courtroom on Wednesday, he posted bond and will be back in court in October. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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