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Criminal charges have been dismissed against a small town police chief.

Thetford Township Police Chief Robert Kenny had been facing embezzlement and obstruction of justice charges.

The charges were filed in 2018 after allegations arose that he cashed more than $5,000 in checks related to the sale of federal government surplus property he acquired for his police department.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Thetford Township officials have put their recently arrested police chief on administrative leave without pay. 

Police Chief Robert Kenny was charged this week with embezzlement and obstruction of justice. He allegedly pocketed money as part of a scheme involving military surplus equipment. Kenny faces up to five years in prison on both counts if convicted. 

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The Genesee County Sheriff's department has arrested Robert Kenny, Thetford Township's police chief, for allegedly embezzling from the U.S. military surplus program, and obstructing the investigation.

Thetford Township is a small agricultural community of about 7,000 people north of Flint. 

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Seven months after an executive order from President Barack Obama called for the removal of militarized vehicles in cities across the country, 14 Michigan police agencies could receive new armored vehicles from the federal government.

These agencies expressed interest in getting the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles as of Dec. 21, 2015 with the 1033 program, which is led by the Defense Logistics Agency in the Defense Department. The program provides support to the country’s law enforcement with military surplus supplies.