O'FALLON, Mo. – An Elsberry police sergeant has been charged with breaking into his stepmother’s house and stealing $37,000 hidden in a briefcase.
Elsberry Chief Brian Jeffries said Tuesday that 26-year-old Michael Bales has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. He is charged with felony burglary and theft.
Authorities say the burglary took place in January 2013. An iPod, a handgun, a gold ring and the cash were reported stolen.
The stepmother tells authorities she suspected Bales because he had been out of work and knew about the hidden money.
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Bales has worked for the department for about two years. Jeffries described Bales as an “outstanding officer.”