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Former Raytown police officer charged for thefts from evidence room

KCTV 5 News,
BYLINE: Laura McCallister, Multimedia Producer

Raytown, MO

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A former Raytown police officer has been charged in connection with thefts of drugs and valuables from a Raytown police evidence room, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Friday.

Justin M. Pool, 35, faces three felony counts of theft of a controlled substance and two other felony counts of theft of property.

The thefts occurred in January, according to court records filed Friday. An investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control found missing valuables, including gold jewelry and controlled substances, including pills of oxycodone. Pool was an officer in Raytown at the time.

The Raytown Police Department requested the Highway Patrol investigate after Raytown police began to suspect that thefts had occurred. Raytown police do not believe the loss of any evidence should impact any open criminal case.

Prosecutors requested Pool's bond be set at $50,000/10 percent or secured.

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