A recently retired Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy is being investigated on suspicion of taking evidence from the department.

Ramsey County officials confirmed Friday that after they found “inconsistencies in some of the property records” associated with the former deputy’s cases, they asked the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to investigate to avoid a conflict of interest.

The issues, which were not caused by a clerical error, came to light as Ramsey sheriff’s investigators were closing the former deputy’s remaining cases.

“The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office believes in employee accountability, to ensure the public’s trust, and would like to thank the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in helping us maintain our professional standards,” according to a statement issued by the department.

The former deputy, who has not been charged, retired in January as an investigator after 25 years with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.

He received two medals of commendation and several letters of recognition during his time with the department, but never a complaint.

Ramsey County officials said they would have nothing more to say unless or until the deputy is charged.