- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Valdosta police officer has been fired and charged with stealing a shotgun that he was supposed to have turned in as evidence.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports (https://bit.ly/1LqABr4 ) 24-year-old officer Trey Gandy has been charged with theft by taking, violating his oath of office and tampering with evidence. Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress announced the officer’s firing and arrest Friday.

The chief said Gandy earlier this week had collected two shotguns and a watch that a resident reported finding in a gazebo. When police later returned the property to its owner, they had only one shotgun and the watch registered as evidence.

The police chief says the missing shotgun was returned Thursday after he interviewed Gandy. It was not known if the accused officer had hired an attorney.

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Information from: The Valdosta Daily Times, https://valdostadailytimes.com/

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