Police officer fired after being charged with felony theft

Police officer fired after being charged with felony theft

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - A Lake City police officer was fired Wednesday after he was charged with felony theft in Poinsett County.

According to the Trumann Police Department, Steven Chamness, 43, of Lake City was arrested Tuesday following an investigation into a theft at Walmart in Trumann.

Chamness was formally charged with felony theft of property and misdemeanor possession of an instrument of crime. At the time of his arrest, Chamness was suspended without pay from the Lake City Police Department.

However, upon being officially charged, Chamness was fired from the department according to Lake City Police Chief Winfred Saffell.

In the incident report, Trumann Officer Clint Ward states he was called to Walmart just after 2 p.m. in reference to a shoplifter.

Ward met with a Walmart employee who detained Chamness and stated he concealed several items inside a cardboard box that contained a mailbox. Chamness then placed another mailbox in his shopping cart.

The report states Chamness then paid for the mailboxes, but not the items in the box which included electronics. The stolen products totaled $1,487.36. The stolen merchandise was returned to the store.

Ward stated he found Chamness in possession of a demagnetization tool which was used on the stolen items to prevent an alarm from going off in the store.

Bond for Chamness was set at $50,000. He is expected to appear in circuit court on March 30.

Truman Police Chief Chad Henson tells Region 8 News that Chamness has been placed on a felony hold for similar charges in Paragould and Kennett.

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