Moss Point officer on leave after allegedly stealing from suspect

A Moss Point police officer has been accused of taking property belonging to a suspect for his personal use.

Chief Brandon Ashley said in a press release posted on social media that the officer, who was not named, took property out of the personal property bag of a suspect arrested on drug charges. The officer allegedly took the property while processing the suspect.

Moss Point was tipped off by another law enforcement agency, Ashley said in the press release, but did not identify the agency.

The officer was relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave pending action by the city’s Board of Alderment. Ashley has recommended termination.

“There is no room in this police department for dishonesty,” Ashley said in a statement.” We hire officers with the belief that they can be trusted with not only sensitive information, but also property and other items that come into their possession by virtue of their office.

“These men and women are held to a high standard and they know they are accountable for their actions. Unfortunately, there is occasionally an officer who violates their oath of office. When these officers are identified, they will be quickly removed from their position of trust.”

Ashley said that in addition to Moss Point conducting an internal investigation, the District Attorney’s Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Investgiation has also begun a probe into the theft. Moss Point has provided all documentation and evidence gathered during its investigation.

Anyone with information about this case can contact the Internal Affairs Officer and Moss Point Police at 228-474-3660.

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