Brookside, Ala. is a small former coal mining town in Jefferson County west from Birmingham whose 2010 census population count was 1,363. Police records state that on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, the former chief of police for the city was arrested and charged with three counts of ethics violations.
Dennis Ray McCoy, 52, was fired from his position as chief of police in January, 2013 after being accused of using the security code and keys used as a police officer to access items in the custody of the police department. He is also accused of taking money designated to buy police uniforms for various officers, taking a uniform without authorization, and taking a police vehicle and items from it after he was no longer employed with the department.
On the theft charges, court records say McCoy "gained unauthorized control" over clothing, toiletries and candy in the amount of $131.17 of two women. He also took four pair of pants, three shirts, a pair of handcuffs and $486 that belonged to the town of Brookside, according to the indictment. (blog.al,com)
McCoy's indictment charges stem from the above violations according to court records.
An accomplice, Lisa Aldridge, age 38, was also arrested and charged with promoting prison contraband and third degree theft.
Jail records indicate that McCoy was arrested on Friday and released on the same day after posting a $30,000 bond. Aldridge was arrested on Thursday and released on the same day under $10,000 bond
The investigation continues.