The mayor of this St. Louis suburb fancied a rare $1,000 bill that was seized in a traffic stop, so the town wrote the driver a check and the politician kept the cash.No kidding.
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County police and prosecutors found that Pine Lawn officials broke no laws. But Don Schneider, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, said "it's a bad idea for a city official or politician to have access to evidence."
How is not theft? That bill is not fungible so I don't care how many checks or hundred dollar bills you leave in its place it's not the same thing.
MRS sec. 570.030. 1. A person commits the crime of stealing if he or she appropriates property or services of another with the purpose to deprive him or her thereof, either without his or her consent or by means of deceit or coercion.
Seems to me that the mayor and deputies appropriated property of another with the purpose to deprive him thereof. It's pretty much black letter law.
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