Tennessee police chief accused of stealing street sweepers

DRESDEN, Tenn. (AP) -- This was no ordinary theft.

A former McKenzie police chief is accused of stealing city property, including a tractor and two street sweepers.

The Jackson Sun reports 64-year-old Bobby Pate was arrested Tuesday on theft and official misconduct charges.

Pate was indicted after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation searched his property and discovered missing items that included a John Deere Tractor, two street sweepers, a portable trestle hoist and two laptop computers.

The items were valued at over $10,000 and went missing between 2010 and the end of 2012, while Pate served as chief. He retired in December.

Pate is free on a $5,000 bond. A phone number listed for him was temporarily disconnected.

He is scheduled to be in court on June 13.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 206616881 - local8now.com/a?a=206616881