LANCASTER -- Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile says he fired one of his deputies for stealing ceramic tiles from a home under construction.

Investigators said a man called authorities Thursday after seeing a sheriff's patrol car quickly leave the house he was building for his mother-in-law and noticing several boxes of tiles worth $500 were gone.

Authorities say they used the GPS in 36-year-old Kenneth Perdue's cruiser to track him from the house to his own home, where the tiles were found in a storage building.

The sheriff says Perdue was immediately fired. Faile hired him for his first law enforcement job in March 2009.

Perdue is charged with third-degree burglary and misconduct in office. He is in jail awaiting a bond hearing and it wasn't clear if he had an attorney.