Guns, cop badges go missing from Lithonia police, report says

Lithonia officials say they’re trying to determine what happened to missing guns and police badges that disappeared from an evidence room at the local police department, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The station said recently-fired Chief Roosevelt Smith is accused of trading a handful of Glocks with another department without permission. Two other guns are missing, along with five badges from the small police agency in DeKalb County, an audit found.

The mystery comes while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is already investigating the agency.

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Smith was fired earlier this month after city councilman Ric Dodd accused him of misusing the Georgia Crime Information Center database to look into someone's background, the news station reported.

Smith had been placed on paid leave in February.

Dodd has accused other officers of doing the same thing, resulting in the GBI expanding its investigation.

Interim police chief Pserda Dickerson also asked for the GBI to investigate the department, the station reported, and the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council is investigating some Lithonia officers.

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