Former police chief charged with stealing city property

Former police chief charged with stealing city property

The former McKenzie police chief was arrested Tuesday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation after being indicted Monday by the Weakley County grand jury following a TBI investigation.
Bobby Pate, 64, of McKenzie was indicted on one count of theft and one count of official misconduct, according to the TBI.
In January, the 24th Judicial District’s district attorney general requested the TBI to investigate allegations of theft of property from the McKenzie Police Department. As part of the investigation, the TBI executed a search warrant on Pate’s property and recovered the missing city property — which included a John Deere™ tractor, two street sweepers, a portable trestle hoist and two laptop computers.
The property was valued at over $10,000 and disappeared between 2010 and 2013 while Pate served as chief of the department. Pate retired from the department in December 2012.
The 27th Judicial District’s district attorney general’s office is handling the prosecution of the case, the TBI reported. The McKenzie Police Department and Weakley County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation.
Pate was booked into the Weakley County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court June 13.

Published in The Messenger 5.8.13

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