06-13-2006, 01:50 PM
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DUPONT — When Police Chief Anthony DeMark returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, he didn’t expect one of the first crimes he would investigate to hit so close to home.
DeMark said Monday he has contacted state police to look into what appears to be the theft of evidence and files from his own police department. He believes the thefts occurred in the year he was serving with his Air Force Reserve unit in Iraq, from where he returned in April.
Missing, according to DeMark, are an unknown number of guns, various amounts of heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana, close to $10,000 in cash seized in drug busts, as well as files from a locked file cabinet in the chief’s office. Even the evidence log book is missing.
There was no break-in at the police department reported.
“It was an inside job,” the chief said.
Though he would not flesh out a theory about a suspect or suspects, the chief said, “I have some ideas.”
Dupont uses about 10 part-time officers. DeMark is the only full-time officer.
The chief said he did not know how many guns or what amount of drugs were missing because is still taking inventory based on arrest reports. He discovered the missing evidence while reviewing records in recent weeks.
“They didn’t actually log them into evidence,” he said of the missing items. “The evidence log book is gone, too.”
The chief said the missing cash included $6,000 from one arrest, $3,000 from another, and “a hundred here and a hundred there.”
The police department did not have a full-time officer in charge during DeMark’s absence. Council last year promoted Officer Ken Smulek to lieutenant to run the department and promoted Officer Stephanie Bojnowski to sergeant to assist in daily activities. Both officers remained part-time and received the part-time rate of $9.80 per hour.
Efforts to reach Smulek, who has an unlisted number, were unsuccessful. DeMark said he had not yet spoken to the lieutenant about the missing items.
Bojnowski, who works one day a week in Dupont, said she learned about the missing items from the chief.
“He said there were documents that were moved that were his,” she said.
She also learned about the missing evidence, but added she had no additional information on that.
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