Ex-officer stole money, gun while working, Indiana State Police say

LAUREL, Ind. -- Indiana State Police arrested a former reserve police officer Tuesday, saying he committed two thefts while employed by the Laurel Police Department. 

Clinton Ellis, 34, seized a handgun in November, but never submitted it into the department's evidence storage, state police said in a news release. Instead, Ellis gave the stolen gun as a gift to another Laurel police officer. 

A year earlier, Ellis obtained $2,500 from the town for drug investigations. State police said Ellis never used the money for its intended purpose and the money was unaccounted for by Ellis. 

Ellis "was relieved of his position" with the Laurel Police Department last month.

Ellis is facing two charges of theft and one of official misconduct. 

Authorities are holding Ellis in the Franklin County Jail pending a court appearance. 

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