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Last updated on March 19, 2013 @ 1:38PM
Created on March 19, 2013 @ 12:15PM
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SHINNSTON, W.Va. (AP) - A former Shinnston police chief has been charged with stealing two fully automatic M-16 rifles from his former department.
State Police have charged 75-year-old Donald William Book with two counts of grand larceny and two counts of receiving or transferring stolen goods.
The Exponent-Telegram says Book was freed on $10,000 bond after an appearance Tuesday morning in Harrison County Magistrate Court.
Defense lawyer Jerry Blair accompanied his client and asked the court to consider his age and long, productive career.
Prosecutor Joe Shaffer says he won't charge former Shinnston Police Chief Mike Secreto, who gave Book the rifles.
But he notes the incident cost Secreto his job. City Council fired him in January.
Secreto had served as chief since 2001 and had been an officer since 1993.
A former Shinnston Police chief turned himself into a Harrison County magistrate this morning.
Donald Book, who retired from the police department in the mid 90s, supposedly stole two fully automatic M-16's from the department.
State Police formally filed the charges against Book.
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Mar 20, 2013 at 7:37 AM
Those are just state charges. What about federal charges for illegal possession of and transporting automatic weapons? Was the ATF notified? Have the local police consider the many violations of 18 USC 922? Or is this a good 'ol boy- thin-blue line coverup and slap on the hand? Any other non-LEO person would have been charged under federal law.
Mar 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM
Prosecutor Joe Shaffer says he won't charge former Shinnston Police Chief Mike Secreto, who gave Book the rifles. This is just crazy. I think there is something going on here. Why would he not Prosecute Secreto?