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Investigators Look For Drug Thief in Ky. P.D.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Investigators are looking into the apparent theft of drugs and money from the Pikeville Police Department's evidence locker, Mayor Frank Justice II said.

"It's been turned over to the Kentucky State Police," Justice said. "At this time, it's out of our hands."

Police Chief Larry Sanders said his department is fully cooperating with investigators.

Former Pikeville Police Chief James Justice, now head of security at Pikeville Methodist Hospital, said an unspecified amount of money disappeared from the evidence locker more than a year ago. The prescription drugs were taken about six months ago.

"That's when we knew we had a problem," said James Justice, who retired earlier this year.

The mayor declined to comment on the status of the investigation, as did Captain Mike Reichenbach, commander of the state police drug investigations branch in eastern Kentucky.

Pike County Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Bartley said he was contacted about six months ago and informed of the missing drugs. Bartley said the pills were evidence in only one case, which has been put on hold until the state police investigation is concluded.

"I don't think it affected any other cases except that one," Bartley said.

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