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October 1, 2012

Quinton police officer accused of burglary, embezzlement

McALESTER — A Quinton police officer was recently accused of burglary and embezzlement.

Eric Stinnett, 34, of Webber Falls, was charged Sept. 13 in Pittsburg County District Court with one count of second degree burglary and one count of embezzlement.

According to court records, Stinnett allegedly broke into the office of the administrator’s evidence lock-up and took two guns. Stinnett was interviewed regarding three missing guns, according to a police affidavit by Quinton Police Chief Tim Reavis, and he allegedly said he took two of them — a Rugar 10/22 rifle and a Savage 410 shotgun.

According to court records, Stinnett allegedly pawned the Rugar on July 8. “The pawned gun and one of the other guns have been recovered,” the affidavit states.

Stinnett is also accused of embezzling over $700 from the Quinton Police Department. “After further investigation,” Reavis states in the affidavit, “it was discovered that (Stinnett) had unlawfully charged 713.04 dollars worth of gasoline for his personal use.”

Quinton Town Clerk Charlene Cass said that Stinnett is no longer employed there. He was a Quinton police officer from May 30, 2012, to Sept. 13, 2012, Cass said.

Reavis said he did not want to comment on the case. “Not till all this is over,” he said.

According to the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office daily inmate list, Stinnett was arrested and booked into the jail on Sept. 13, where he remains in custody in lieu of a $5,000 bond. He was unavailable for comment at presstime today.

If convicted, he is facing up to seven years imprisonment on the burglary charge and up to one year on the embezzlement charge. He is due back in court Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. to face charges.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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