ATF Busts Texas Cop for Selling Guns From Evidence Room
A 55-year-old Texas cop had a nice little thing going — that is until he got busted by ATF and the Texas Rangers.
Authorities charged that Harry Leroy Kelly, as a cop with the Cleveland Police Department in Liberty County, Tex., sold guns and ammunition from the evidence room. He is currently a captain with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities alleged that Kelly had control over the evidence room and was responsible for destroying items. As part of his scheme, Kelly drafted papers showing he destroyed firearms, when in fact he had not.
He faces 103 counts of possession of a stolen firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm without a serial number, one count of possession of stolen ammunition and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Texas said.
“Sometime in 2007, Harry Kelly began taking firearms from the evidence room and traded or bartered them to his friend, who in turn gave Harry Kelly credits for the merchandise that Kelly brought, which Kelly used to buy his own firearms for his own firearm business,” U.S. Attorney John M. Bales said, according to TV station KPRC.
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Posted: 8/9/10 at 8:55 AM under News Story.
Tags: ATF, Eastern District of Texas, evidence room, Guns, Harry Leroy Kelly, John M. Bales, KPRC, serial number, stolen firearm, Texas Rangers, U.S. Attorney
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