NASHVILLE – Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested a Fayetteville police officer accused of theft.

At the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter, Special Agents began investigating 43-year-old Richard Steelman on August 11th. During the course of the investigation, Agents discovered that Steelman, who is an officer with the Fayetteville Police Department, received a check on March 16th from Fayetteville City Hall in the amount of $546.56 for in-service training. The investigation found that several months later, Steelman reported the check was missing. He was issued a replacement check for the same amount, and cashed that on July 30th. Agents developed information that six days later on August 4th, Steelman then cashed the initial check that he had reported missing.

Early Thursday morning, TBI Agents arrested Steelman, 43, and charged him with one count of Theft. He was booked into the Lincoln County Jail and released on his own recognizance. At the time of this news release, Steelman was on leave with pay.

Richard Steelman