Former director of student media charged with theft

By: Ebonee Burrell | Editor in Chief

Campus police charged the former student media director with theft last week after she was terminated from her job, university officials said. 

Heather Leigh Stanley, 42, was arrested and charged with first-degree theft of property by University of South Alabama Police and transported to Mobile County Metro Jail, where she was booked and released. 

A first-degree theft charge includes a value of the property that exceeds $2,500. 

Stanley was the former director of student media, in which she managed four different branches of student-led media, including The Vanguard. She was employed with the university for eight years and served as the director for three years. 

The University released the following statement regarding her arrest: 

The University of South Alabama Police Department arrested Heather Leigh Stanley Friday, the University’s former director of student media, and charged her with First-Degree Theft. USA Police transported the suspect to Mobile Metro Jail. Due to the ongoing investigation, no additional information will be released at this time.

South Alabama Police Chief Zeke Aull, contacted by phone on Tuesday, declined to comment citing the ongoing investigation. University officials are not releasing any additional information at this time. 

The Vanguard reached out to Stanley by phone on Tuesday but was declined for a comment.