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Former dispatcher acquitted of flashlight theft

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Douglas Tucker was seen on surveillance footage handling, then taking, a flashlight. (Source: WAFF file) Douglas Tucker was seen on surveillance footage handling, then taking, a flashlight. (Source: WAFF file)
BOAZ, AL (WAFF) -

A former dispatcher in Marshall County was acquitted of stealing a flashlight from a Boaz police officer.

The acquittal came by the judge shortly after testimony from the first witness in some pretty unusual circumstances.

Former Boaz Police Dispatcher Douglas Tucker was acquitted last week on theft charges. Tucker was charged with taking the flashlight of Sergent Joseph Estes after Estes left it on the time card machine before leaving for the day.

Tucker has claimed the flashlight was one he ordered.

An element prosecutors were charged with proving was that Tucker never made any attempt to notify Estes that he had the flashlight.

But on the stand, Estes testified Tucker admitted he had the flashlight but just refused to return it. That prompted the defense to ask for an immediate acquittal.

"Judge Jolley knows the law as well as anyone around, and he follows the law," said Tucker's attorney, Hube Dodd. "You really can't ask more from a judge than that. I know my client is very excited to be exonerated."

Things haven't worked out so well for Tucker's job. He was placed on leave without pay and city officials said he was later terminated for violating city policy.

A civil suit is pending.

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