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Former Elsberry police chief accused of stealing firearms

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Robert Bodley, former police chief of Elsberry, Mo., faces two counts of theft of a firearm after allegedly taking guns from the department. Robert Bodley, former police chief of Elsberry, Mo., faces two counts of theft of a firearm after allegedly taking guns from the department.
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The former police chief of Elsberry, Mo. faces firearm theft charges after allegedly stealing and selling guns from the department.

Court documents state Robert Bodley is charged with two counts of theft of a firearm, which date back to August 2011 and December 2012.

Bodley allegedly stole two .45-caliber handguns, given to the department through a federal excess property program. He is accused of selling both firearms to a local gun dealer to settle a debt. 

During an investigation by the Department of Public Safety, Bodley allegedly told authorities the guns had been destroyed.

Current Police Chief Brian Jeffries said the charges against Bodley tarnish the image of all law enforcement.

“We're held to a higher standard, and we should be,” said Chief Jeffries. “On and off duty,we should live our lives accordingly.”

Bodley served as the police chief from 2010 until his resignation in September 2014.

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