Former Greene County Sheriff's deputy accused of theft

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - A former Greene County sheriff's deputy has been charged with three counts of theft after he was accused of stealing items from accident scenes.

The charges were filed this week against 28-year-old Sidney Robert Binkley of Paragould. Binkley was arrested June 15, five days after he resigned from the sheriff's department.

Authorities accuse Binkley of taking a Glock 9mm pistol and a magazine clip worth $600 and a benchmade knife worth $250 from the scene of an accident in which the owner was allegedly a convicted felon. State police say the items were found in Binkley's home.

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