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Police Chief in S.C. Charged With Theft

October 11, 2006

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) _ The police chief of a small town has been charged with stealing a windshield from a golf cart.

Police Chief Mike McDonald of Lamar turned himself in to Darlington County police on Tuesday to face the charges of petty larceny and misconduct in office. He was released on $1,000 bail.

``I messed up, your honor,″ McDonald said at his bond hearing. ``It’s embarrassing for my position.″

McDonald was in uniform when he took the windshield from a golf cart at a used car lot in Darlington in August, Darlington Police Lt. Danny Watson said.

He didn’t give investigators any explanation, Watson said.

McDonald returned the windshield, valued at $80, authorities said. The town, about 20 miles from Florence in northeastern South Carolina, placed him on administrative leave, Mayor Bobby Hudson said.

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