Volunteer Deputy Constables Missing Money, Equipment

Residents of Northeast Smith County are less safe, according to authorities.

Volunteer deputy constables say they've lost all their money, weapons, and other equipment used to fight crime.

This year, Precinct 4 Constable Dale Geddie took over as president of the Reserve Constable Association. This comes after former Constable Charles Wilson was voted out of office.

Geddie says Wilson dissolved the volunteer association and gave much of their equipment to the Precinct 1 constable.

Bobby Sanders has been with the Precinct 4 Association for 17 years. He says the equipment and money was donated by residents of his precinct, so it should stay there.

"How do I feel about it?" he said. "Just like the people that donated the money and donated the equipment. I'm hurt and I'm upset about it. And I want the equipment back."

Missing items include more than $1600 cash, three guns and gun safes, several bullet-proof vests, radios and scanners. All the items are worth a total of more than $10,000.

The Smith County D.A.'s office is trying to figure out what the association's rights are.

We were unable to reach Wilson for comment.

Julie Tam, reporting.