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Raytown police officer caught stealing evidence

A former Raytown police officer has been charged in connection with thefts of drugs and valuables from a Raytown police evidence room, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Justin M. Pool, 35, faces three felony counts of Theft of a Controlled Substance and two other felony counts of Theft of Property.*

The thefts occurred in January 2013, according to court records filed today. An investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control found missing valuables, including gold jewelry and controlled substances, including pills of Oxycodone. Pool was an officer in Raytown at the time.

The Raytown Police Department requested the Highway Patrol investigate after Raytown police began to suspect that thefts had occurred. Raytown police do not believe the loss of any evidence should impact any open criminal case.

The thefts were accomplished by checking evidence out on the pretext of photographing the evidence, then over the counter medication was substituted for the controlled substances and other objects were substituted for the more valuable jewelry. 

Prosecutors requested a bond of $50,000/10 percent or secured.

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