Ex-deputy charged with stealing from evidence room

Nov 8 2011 - 2:09pm

CASTLE DALE -- A 29-year-old former Emery County deputy is facing 12 felonies for reportedly breaking into the sheriff's office and stealing drugs from an evidence room.

Clayton Rue Bell was charged Monday in 7th District Court in Castle Dale with eight counts of burglary, one count of obtaining prescription drugs on false pretenses, one count of use of a firearm by a restricted person and one count of theft.

Authorities say Bell acknowledged picking locks on the sheriff's office and stealing prescription pills to feed an addiction. Investigators say he entered the evidence room without permission up to 10 times shortly before he resigned Oct. 1.

Bell was booked into jail and released on Oct. 16.

A message left for Bell's attorney, David Allred, was not immediately returned Tuesday.


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