Former St. Clair Co. Sheriff Indicted for Stealing Recovered Property

By KOLR10 News

Published 07/22 2014 04:27PM

Updated 07/22 2014 09:10PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A former sheriff of St. Clair County was indicted by a federal grand jury in Springfield Tuesday for stealing property recovered in criminal cases and selling a stolen firearm.

Ronald E. Snodgrass, 46, of El Dorado, Mo. was charged in the indictment of two counts of theft concerning programs that receive federal funds and one count of selling a stolen firearm, according to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson.

Snodgrass served three terms as the elected sheriff in St. Clair County from Jan. 1, 2001 through Dec. 31, 2012. He tried a bid for reelection in 2012, but lost.

According to Dickinson, the indictment comes after Snodgrass allegedly stole a John Deere zero-turn mower in Sept. 2009 and a 2009 Polaris Ranger UTV in Sept. 2012. He also allegedly knowingly sold a stolen Remington .22-caliver rifle between Aug. and Dec. 2012.

As part of the indictment, a forfeiture allegation would require Snodgrass to forfeit to the government any property derived from the profit of the alleged crimes, including $16,000.

Under state law, any property seized by the sheriff’s department must be disposed of by a court order that authorizes the return of the property to a claimant.

If property is unclaimed, it must be disposed of through a public sale (with the proceeds deposited in the county treasury), destroyed, or forfeited to the state.

Dickinson says state law did not authorize Snodgrass to convert unclaimed property seized in criminal cases to his own personal use.

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