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Associated Press , Published September 16 2013

Former Ariz. police officer faces theft charge in ND

WILLISTON, N.D. — An officer who was convicted of stealing items from an Arizona police department evidence locker two years ago now faces a theft charge in North Dakota for allegedly stealing from a security company for which he worked.

Elliot Campbell is accused of stealing more than $14,000 from Allguard Security in the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston through various methods of fraud and theft, the Williston Herald reported (http://bit.ly/1aEHgL2 ). He faces a felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine upon conviction.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Campbell. A telephone listing could not be found for him in Williston or in nearby Sidney, Mont., which court documents list as his home. He is due back in court on Oct. 8.

Campbell, who is in his early 40s, was arrested in Tempe, Ariz., in May 2011 and resigned after serving 11 years on the police force. He was sentenced in October 2011 to two years of probation.

Allguard Security hired him about a year ago. Campbell was up front about what he did in Arizona and said it was in his past, according to company owner Andy Anderson.

"We believed him," Anderson said. "Too much. There are people all over Williston with skeletons in the closet. They come here after having lost their jobs elsewhere. That's the nature of a boom town."


Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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