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TX Officer Charged in Stealing Guns, Evidence

The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

August 06, 2010

BEAUMONT, Texas — A former Houston-area police officer has been charged with federal firearms violations after he allegedly kept weapons illegally that had been confiscated as evidence.

Prosecutors accused Harry Leroy Kelley of stealing more than 100 guns while in charge of the police evidence room in Cleveland, 45 miles northeast of Houston. They say Kelley, now a 55-year-old Liberty County sheriff’s captain, falsely reported that he had destroyed the guns during a 17-year period with Cleveland police ending in 2009.

Kelley is charged with 103 stolen firearm counts and other charges.

Defense attorney Jack Zimmerman said Kelley pleaded not guilty Thursday and was released on his own recognizance. Zimmerman said Kelley “didn’t commit any crime.”

A Liberty County sheriff’s spokesman says Kelley has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.

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    about 4 years ago

    Another bad apple to ruin our reputation!

  • Dsc_0030_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Wow, shameful...

  • John_groh_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Wonder how they got on to him. Wow that was really stupid. Another black eye for law enforcement.

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