KENSETT, Ark. (AP) - Court records show that two suspended police officers in Kensett are accused of stealing someone's pet deer.
Authorities were initially tight-lipped about the allegations against Sgt. Debra Bailey and Officer Derek Balentine. The Daily Citizen obtained details of the criminal charges through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Bailey is charged with theft of lost property, conspiracy and solicitation. Balentine is charged with conspiracy.
According to an affidavit, the deer's owner discovered it missing in September. The affidavit says Bailey took the deer because it was following people around in Kensett.
Court records allege that Bailey gave the deer to Balentine's parents even though the owner wanted it back.
The affidavit says Bailey apologized for not following procedure but said she was looking out for the deer's best interest.
Information from: The Daily Citizen, http://www.thedailycitizen.com/
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