Sheriff: Former Ardmore band director admits to theft

Jamie Bowman recently resigned as band director following allegations of theft. (Source: LCSO)
Jamie Bowman recently resigned as band director following allegations of theft. (Source: LCSO)

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The former Ardmore High School band director who resigned amid theft allegations reportedly admitted to the crime, according to Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely.

Blakely said Jamie Bowman, who was out of town last week when his resignationwas confirmed, agreed to come to the sheriff's office upon his return and speak with investigators.

The sheriff said Bowman admitted to stealing cash from a band fundraiser. School administrators said that amount is believed to range between $6-10,000.

The money was to help pay for the band's trip to Tampa, where they will play at the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day. School officials said that trip will still take place.

School officials said they hope to quickly move forward from the incident.

"We have full confidence in Sheriff Blakely and his team to address any alleged illegal acts that Mr. Bowman would have been accused of," said Limestone County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk. "We're going to focus on doing what's best for kids, which at this point is finding the best possible band director we can for Ardmore High School to continue in their tradition."

Jamie Bowman is charged with first-degree theft. He is currently out on a $5,000 bond.

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