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September 24, 2013

UPDATE: Former Brookside police chief arrested; had just been hired by city of Morris

BROOKSIDE — A man who was fired as Brookside’s police chief in January has been arrested on charges related to his time in office.

Dennis R. McCoy was indicted on seven different counts handed down last week by a Jefferson County grand jury. Lisa Aldridge was also indicted on three charges, in which she is accused of acting as McCoy’s accomplice.

McCoy, 52, is charged with one count of unlawful breaking into and entering a vehicle, two counts of theft, one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle and three counts of ethics violations. Aldridge is charged with theft, promoting prison contraband and an ethics violation.

The indictment accuses McCoy of using his position for his own personal gain; specifically, it charges him with using or taking items in police custody while off duty. McCoy is also accused of taking a police vehicle and items in it after he was fired, taking a uniform and taking money meant to buy uniforms for other officers.

McCoy is also charged with unauthorized control over cash and property belonging to two women, as well as clothing, equipment and money that belonged to the department and the city.

Aldridge, 38, is charged with aiding McCoy in the crimes for which he is charged, as well as providing drugs for a city jail inmate.

Both McCoy and Aldridge were arrested Friday after the indictments were handed down.

McCoy had just been hired as a full-time officer by the Morris Police Department on Sept. 16. He was released Tuesday.

“When we found out what was going on, we decided to release him until he went through the court system and he is detemined to be guilty or innocent,” said Morris Police Chief Mike Nazarchyk.

McCoy was released on $30,000 bond, and Aldridge on $10,000 bond.

Brookside city officials could not be reached for comment before press deadlines Tuesday.

[Updated at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday to add material about McCoy being hired by the Morris Police Department.]

Melanie Patterson contributed to this report.

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