Former Venice police chief accused of theft -

Former Venice police chief accused of theft

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- The former police chief in the southwestern Illinois city of Venice is accused of pocketing proceeds from his secret sales of city vehicles in that community and pilfering more than $20,000 from a club for local police officers.

Madison County prosecutors have charged 36-year-old Shawn Tyler with official misconduct and two counts apiece of felony theft and aggravated vehicle theft.

Tyler now lives in Harrisburg, where he was arrested over the weekend.

Tyler was Venice's police chief for about four years before leaving in May.

Investigators allege Tyler sold two emergency medical vehicles the city had bought but never used, then pocketed the money.

Tyler does not have a listed telephone number and could not be reached for comment.

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