Former excise officer gets two years

COLUMBIA CITY — The former Indiana Excise officer accused of breaking into the unit’s Columbia City post back in August was sentenced Monday to two years in prison.After initially pleading not guilty in November, Aaron Bishop, 34, changed his plea last month in Whitley County Superior Court.He was charged with theft and official misconduct.A Fort Wayne native, Bishop was given a sentence of two years in prison for stealing guns and money from the Indiana Excise Police evidence room.According to police reports, Bishop broke into the excise police post in Columbia City back in August. A note was left to make it appear the robbery was in retaliation to police seizing someone’s property. Investigators were able to connect Bishop to the crime after a search of his Fort Wayne home.Bishop was arrested and fired as an excise officer after a three month investigation. Whitley Superior Court Judge Doug Fahl handed out a three-year sentence on each count with the sentenced to be served at the same time. Fahl suspended one year on each count to be served on probation.Bishop is also ordered to pay $13,562 in restitution, perform 50 hours of community service and pay a $200 fine.