Ex-Trenton police officer charged with stealing drugs

photo Police say Officer Shawn Chapa is accused of taking drugs from the city's police evidence room.

Investigators say Trenton, Ga., police officer Shawn Dewey Chapa sneaked into the evidence room and walked away with hydrocodone, oxycodone and other pills.

Chapa, who resigned from the police department in January, was indicted by a Dade County grand jury Thursday morning on one charge of violation of oath by a police officer and four counts of theft.

Because he allegedly stole the drugs while serving as a police officer, Chapa could face up to 15 years in prison.

Chapa's attorney, Public Defender David Dunn, declined to comment Thursday afternoon.