EDWARDSVILLE — An Edwardsville police dispatcher has resigned after being charged with using a credit card from a lost wallet.
According to city officials, a lost wallet was turned in to police headquarters and was not immediately claimed, as police had difficulty locating the owner.
However, once the wallet was claimed, the owner realized there had been several transactions on a credit card in the wallet.
The Madison County State's Attorney on Thursday charged telecommunicator Rochelle Waters of East Alton with four counts of unlawful credit card use and two counts of official misconduct. Waters was immediately suspended without pay, but has since resigned. Waters had served as a police dispatcher since October 2007.
City Administrator Ben Dickmann said that there would be no further comment on the issue from the city, due to the criminal and personnel nature of the matter.
Waters' resignation follows two others from the Edwardsville Police Department:
In April, a longtime DARE officer Michael R. Collins was charged with using his cellphone to record images of women at a tanning salon. He was suspended and resigned days later.
Then in October, Chief James Bedell resigned after federal authorities searched his home and office in a joint investigation by the FBI and Internal Revenue Service. Bedell had served as chief since 2007.
Maj. Don Lask currently serves as interim chief while the city searches for a new police chief.
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