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Another Chief Caught Stealing!

Former Ramona Police Chief in Trouble With the Law Again

June 28th, 2024

A former Ramona Police Chief who found himself in trouble with the law in Osage County in late May is finding himself in trouble with the law once again, this time in Washington County. David Lynd turned himself in on the felony charge of grand larceny, a misdemeanor count of knowingly receiving stolen property and obtaining property or an item of value by deception.

On May 1st, the current Ramona Chief of Police learned that Lynd had opened a Verizon Wireless public agency or government account for his family and put it under the name, "Town of Ramona." That account opened on March 19th, 2019 and the current balance stood at $3,401.42. Lynd received a $50 monthly stipend for cell phone reimbursements from the City and records show that all goods and services total $4,251.42

A probable cause affidavit sates that Ramona Mayor Cyle Miller will testify that Lynd lacked the authority and permission to set up that account and that he didn't pay the bill or return the cellphones to the police department.

The affidavit goes on to say that Osage County Sheriff's Office Captain Rex Wikel searched Lynd's vehicle. During that search, three tasers that were issued to the Ramona Police Department and a set of scales labeled, "RPD Evidence Room," were recovered. The total value of those items is $1,205.00.

It is also alleged that prior to his termination as Ramona's Police Chief, Lynd had taken two firearms with him and that he didn't remember which case or owner they were attached to. Last year, a search warrant was executed and the two firearms were located.

In May, Lynd was seen in Osage County Court on the charges of endeavoring or conspiring to commit any offense under the uniform controlled dangerous substance act and any executive, legislative, county, municipal, judicial or other public official receiving a bribe or soliciting an offer. You can read that full story here.

Judge Russell Vaclaw set Lynd's bond at $2,500, citing his willingness to turn himself in. Lynd will next be seen court on Friday, July 19th.

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