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Former police chief indicted on theft charges

Bobby Pate (Source: TBI) Bobby Pate (Source: TBI)

A former police chief was indicted by the Weakley County grand jury on stealing charges Monday following an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). 

Bobby Pate, 64, of McKenzie, Tenn. was indicted on one count of theft and one count of official misconduct. 

In January of 2013, the 24th Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI to investigate allegations of theft of items from the McKenzie Police Department. 

As part of the investigation, TBI executed a search warrant on Pate's property.

TBI recovered the missing city property that included a John Deere Tractor, two street sweepers, a portable trestle hoist and two laptop computers. 

The property, valued at over $10,000,  went missing between 2010 and 2013 while Pate served as chief of the department. 

Pate retired from the department in December of 2012.

The 27th Judicial District Attorney General's office is handling the prosecution of the case. The McKenzie Police Department and Weakley County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation. 

Pate was booked into the Weakley County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 13, 2013. 

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