Former Greensburg police chief arrested


The results of a state police audit led to the arrest Tuesday of Greensburg’s former police chief who has been living in Jackson County since she resigned in late 2014.

Stacey L. Chasteen, 49, of Seymour, turned herself in to detectives Tracy Rohlfing and Pete Tressler at the Decatur County Jail at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning in connection with the investigation, according to a news release.

Walker said Tuesday afternoon the investigation was requested by the police department’s current administration, and led to the discovery that tens of thousands of dollars were missing.

Chasteen, who posted a $2,005 bond Tuesday morning and was released, could not be reached for comment. A Greensburg telephone number listed in her name had been disconnected.

Chasteen was police chief from February 2011 to November 2014 when she resigned after 21 years with the department. Brendan Bridges was appointed interim chief.

Rohlfing said the Decatur County prosecutor filed one count of theft and one count of official misconduct, each a Level 6 Felony, against Chasteen as a result of the investigation of Greensburg police evidence records during her term as chief and her tenure as the department’s property officer.

The investigation of the Greensburg Police Department evidence records was requested in December 2014 regarding missing evidence money.

The state police’s laboratory conducted an audit of the property room in January 2015 and discovered several discrepancies involving evidence.

Rohlfing and Tressler’s investigation led to the arrest of Chasteen, who joined the department as a dispatcher in 1993, and became a police officer in 1997.

She also later served as a detective and assistant chief before becoming chief.

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