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Former Benson officer gets probation for stealing evidence

Posted March 5, 2012

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— A former Benson police officer was placed on probation Monday after pleading guilty to stealing cash that was evidence in a criminal case.

Randall William Beasley, 43, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny and obstruction of justice. Superior Court Judge Tom Lock sentenced him to consecutive 45-day jail terms on the offenses and suspended the sentences to 18 months on probation.

Assistant Johnston County District Attorney Davis Weddle said that, between Nov. 19, 2010, and Dec. 16, 2010, Beasley took $850 being held by the Benson Police Department as evidence in criminal cases involving two people who had previously been arrested.

Beasley resigned from the Benson Police Department in December 2010 after being placed on administrative leave while the State Bureau of Investigation looked into the disappearance of the cash.

He has paid back the stolen money, authorities said.

Lock also ordered Beasley to surrender his law enforcement certification permanently and perform 24 hours of community service.

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  • southrenbell222 Mar 6, 2012

    How is it that a cop can steal money from his job (a job by the way that requires him to uphold the law) and gets off on probation. People steal things everyday and have to go to jail. How did he not... and they said he paid the money back. So is that how we treat theives now?? If they give it back then they can walk free?? Gotta love this ever shattered justice system

  • we2hedonists Mar 6, 2012

    A few relatives are cops and they tell me the same thing. That cops aren't allowed to be in public forums discussing cases, investigations or their procedures. They have to sign some sort of "Code and Ethics" for the state or county where they work. The can't post their photo while in uniform on facebook & stuff like that. If leo-nc is posting in here then he isn't a cop. Either that or he is a bad cop who is breaking the rules himself. No surprise there though.

  • Hans Mar 6, 2012

    "I think this is just another case that proves there is something wrong with the system here in North Carolina. For a few reasons. One Every week there is someone on here saying it is just a few bad apples. " - jjsmith1973

    It's not just NC. It's a nationwide epidemic.

  • brmyspots Mar 6, 2012

    Yes, Hans.....leo-nc isn't a cop but he pretends like he is here. Got busted by another poster about 2 months ago lying about it. brmyspots March 6, 2012 10:02 a.m. ------------------- Wow! I have put a lot of faith in his post. Could you share the circumstances to prove the claim? bubbba

    It was the story about the cop who was the lottery ticket thief. Another poster, I think it was love2dostuf started questioning him about protocol because they aren't supposed to post on public forums and social media sites. He was caught lying about it then backstepped. The lies started getting deeper & deeper.

  • sunshineonmyshoulder Mar 6, 2012

    leo-nc...I disagree. I think he did it because he thought he wouldn't get caught.

  • jjsmith1973 Mar 6, 2012

    Need more transparency. When people are wondering who do I call when I need a officer to help me from another officer that is a problem. When I first moved here I didn't understand people I would talk to that had such discourse for the departments here and over time I understand why. It use to be the good officers far out numbered the bad and when the officer where allowed to interact in the community you would know exactly who the good officers were and who to talk to if you did have a problem with an officer. More and more you see everything from discretion of the officer to the judge taken away because of such abuses of power. Unfortunately, in the future this break down effects us all. At all levels from the good cops to the bad cops. To the law abiding citizen to the criminal. Some people are going to jail that shouldn't others that should aren't. Good cops or being out ran by the bad. As this has been the case for years. It has seemed to get worst to the point of over spill.

  • jjsmith1973 Mar 6, 2012

    I think this is just another case that proves there is something wrong with the system here in North Carolina. For a few reasons. One Every week there is someone on here saying it is just a few bad apples. I'm sorry but growing up in another state and the living in a couple others. A few bad apples where a news story every six months. Not one a week. Also, I think a lot have to do with a younger force that are being taught that they are above the average citizen. It use to take community trust and cooperation to actually prevent crime. Instead of drumming up crime for state revenue and the interaction with the community and the police has lost focus. The system is also in need of some over haul. Stealing evidence should be punished more then what it is. Although, it is correct the way the law in the state is the officer got what most would have weather you agree with it or not. I don't agree with the punishment I think it should have been harsher.

  • bubbba Mar 6, 2012

    Maybe only one bad apple. But the whole bushel is beginning to stink like rot.

    Yes, Hans.....leo-nc isn't a cop but he pretends like he is here. Got busted by another poster about 2 months ago lying about it.
    brmyspots
    March 6, 2012 10:02 a.m.
    ------------------- Wow! I have put a lot of faith in his post.
    Could you share the circumstances to prove the claim?

  • pinball wizard Mar 6, 2012

    LEO's should be held to a higher standard. The public trust is very important. Probation is fine for the average crook, but in this case, he should have received more punishment.

  • love2dostuff Mar 6, 2012

    I only ever called the police once. Around the holidays at my GF's apartment a car alarm had been going off for hours. When I arrived I called the cops to see if they could tow the car, contact the owner.....anything.

    You would have thought I just robbed a bank the way I was interrogated. "According to your ID, you don't live in this county, what are you doing here"? "Who is the person you are here to visit and what is your relationship with her?" "That's your car? Mind if I look inside?" "Stand over here and take your hands out of your pockets".

    After about 2 minutes of this....I walked away with one of them yelling at me in the background. This is today's breed of law enforcement.

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