Poplar Bluff Cop Faces Theft Charges

POPLAR BLUFF, MO - A Poplar Bluff police officer is charged with stealing, after allegedly taking about $13,000 from a bank account.

Patrolman Joe Craft was fired Friday after he was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The 35-year-old was charged in Butler County on Thursday with three counts of stealing.  It's alleged he stole the funds from the Poplar Bluff Fraternal Order of Police.  He is a member of that group and has served as its treasurer.

He was released on bond last week and will be arraigned October 4.  A listed number for Craft could not be located for comment.

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