SHINNSTON, W.Va. -- A former Shinnston police chief has been charged with stealing two fully automatic M-16 rifles from his former employer, the latest blow to a small West Virginia community whose police department has been hit with multiple scandals.
State Police have charged 75-year-old Donald William Book with two counts of grand larceny and two counts of receiving or transferring stolen goods.
The Exponent-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1380bh5) says Book was freed on $10,000 bond after an appearance Tuesday morning in Harrison County Magistrate Court.
Defense lawyer Jerry Blair accompanied his client and asked the court to consider his age and long, productive career.
Harrison County Prosecutor Joe Shaffer said he won't charge former Shinnston Police Chief Mike Secreto, who gave Book the rifles, but noted the incident has cost Secreto his job. City Council fired him in January.
Secreto had served as chief since 2001 and had been an officer since 1993.
Book's arrest is the latest in a string of problems for the tiny department, which serves a city of 2,200.
Earlier this week, sheriff's deputies charged 38-year-old officer Charles Roscoe Henning with stealing drugs. Media outlets say he faces seven counts of possessing a controlled substance by fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.