Money, Drugs, Guns: Former Cop Charged With Theft

Former sergeant is charged with stealing money, drugs and guns from the evidence room for police who patrol the world's longest continuous bridge over water

June 9, 2017

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana prosecutors say a former sergeant is charged with stealing money, drugs and guns from the evidence room for police who patrol the world's longest continuous bridge over water .

The St. Tammany Parish District Attorney's Office said Friday that 44-year-old William Thomas Jones Jr. of Franklinton was indicted Thursday. He's charged with two counts of theft of a firearm and one each of malfeasance in office and theft of items worth more than $5,000.

The indictment describes only two handguns. However, when Jones was arrested Feb. 1, Causeway Police Chief Nick Congemi said he'd asked the sheriff to investigate because drugs and $6,300 were missing from the evidence room.

His department enforces laws on the 24-mile-long twin span across Lake Pontchartrain between the New Orleans suburbs of Metairie and Mandeville.

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