ATLANTA — A north Georgia police officer is facing charges and is under investigation by state agents after allegedly stealing money from a woman he arrested.
Warrants provided to 11Alive allege East Ellijay Police Department officer Michael Gene McClure was arresting 53-year-old Donna Adams of Blairsville, Georgia when his own actions became the subject of an internal investigation.
Adams was arrested on several charges ranging from driving under the influence of drugs to tampering with evidence. But according to sworn statements from a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, her arresting officer took the opportunity to steal from her.
According to the report, McClure allegedly stole a $150 money order from Adams’ purse and took it to a local branch of BB&T bank to have it cashed.
McClure now faces charges of violation of oath by a public officer and theft by taking – both misdemeanor offenses.
Meanwhile, the woman he arrested faces three felony counts of obstruction of an officer and misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, failure to yield entering roadway and possession of a drug-related object.
It’s unclear if McClure’s own arrest will impact her charges.