Former Reserve Police Officer, Clinton M. Ellis, Accused of Stealing Gun, $2,500

Clinton M. Ellis is a former Laurel Police Department reserve officer who’s now facing charges related to theft he allegedly perpetrated on the job. Laurel is in Franklin County, Indiana.

A former Laurel Police Department reserve officer had three charges lodged against him yesterday related to two separate alleged theft incidents. Clinton M. Ellis, 34, was arrested yesterday and charged with theft and misconduct.

Ellis faces two counts of felony theft and one count of official misconduct. All three charges are level 6 felonies.

Prior to January of this year, Ellis held a position as a Laurel Police Department reserve officer in Laurel, a small town in Laurel Township, Franklin County, Indiana.

The trouble began after Ellis executed a search warrant in November 2017 and seized the handgun. Rather than turning to the gun in to the Laurel Police Department’s evidence storage, he gave the gun to another officer in December.

In November 2016, Ellis was the recipient of $2,500, given by the town of Laurel in order for him to conduct drug investigations. According to police, Ellis was unable to account for how the money was used.

In January, Laurel Town Marshal Brad Spurlock contacted Indiana State Police regarding the handgun and an investigation was launched.

Ellis was fired from the Laurel County police department earlier this year in January for insubordination and for lying about the location of the dead body of a police K-9. An arrest warrant was issued for Ellis this week by the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office for two counts of theft. Because Ellis had been working as a reserve police officer at the time of his alleged thefts, he also faces the charge of official misconduct.

Indiana felony sentencing guidelines stipulate a sentence of between six months and 2.5 years for a Level 6 felony. A Level 6 felony can also be reduced to a Class A misdemeanor by a judge at sentencing or due to a plea agreement.

Currently, Ellis is being housed in the Franklin County Jail, with his bond set at $5,000.