City Employee Accused of Stealing Evidence, Drugs from Derby Police


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Sept. 24, 2013

Crime in a place that fights crime.

That's what's believed to have happened at the Derby Police Department this year.

Frank Sneller, of Derby, is accused of stealing from Derby Police evidence rooms from March until April.

According to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office, Sneller was an employee of the City of Derby. He was arrested and charged with 11 counts, including felony burglary, theft, forgery and official misconduct. Some of the items stolen include prescription drugs.

On Oct. 3, he will appear before a Sedgwick County District Court judge for a preliminary hearing.

Sneller, 29, is believed to have worked for the city for nine years. Most recently, he worked as an operations technician.

The district attorney's office says Sneller allegedly used a fake ID under the name "Sergeant Joe Smith" to get access to the evidence. It's not clear if "Sergeant Joe Smith" is a current employee of it was made up.

KAKE News contacted the City of Derby and the Derby Police Department declined to comment if the alleged stolen property would affect current police investigations.

Police Chief Robert Lee said the city cannot comment on Sneller's case because it is currently under investigation.


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