Ex-Jennings officer accused of stealing from evidence room

By Special to the American Press

A former Jennings police officer has been charged with theft over $1,500, malfeasance in office, obstruction of justice and injuring public records, state police said.

Troop D spokesman Sgt. James Anderson said 52-year-old Johnny Lassiter was arrested Friday after an investigation by state police and the Jennings Police Department.

Anderson said Lassiter, who was a police officer until his resignation on Tuesday, has been accused of stealing items from the Jennings evidence room.

Lassiter's bond has been set at $100,000.