- Associated Press - Thursday, December 20, 2018

ELIZABETH, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania community’s former police chief has been charged with stealing thousands of stamp bags of heroin from his department’s evidence room.

Timothy Butler, who resigned two days ago from the Elizabeth Borough department, was charged Thursday.

The theft was discovered earlier this month by now-acting Chief Sgt. Garrett Kimmell.

The 42-year-old Butler worked at the department for 19 years and became chief in 2014.

According to a criminal complaint, Butler told Kimmell during questioning that he was struggling with a heroin addiction.

Officials say approximately 62 bundles and 2,700 loose stamp bags were found in Butler’s office trash can. Hundreds more were found in and around his desk. All of them were empty.

Butler was released after his preliminary arraignment on charges of theft, obstruction and prohibited acts.

No attorney information is available, and no number is listed for Butler.

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