Marion officer accused of stealing money, drugs

Andrew James Ellis. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Andrew James Ellis. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

MARION, SC (WMBF) – A police officer in the city of Marion has been charged after allegedly taking money and prescription drugs from the home of a deceased person, as well as breaking into police department lockers and stealing property, according to warrants from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Andrew James Ellis, 33, has been charged with misconduct in office and possession of prescription medication, according to several warrants from SLED.

One warrant alleges that Ellis, while working as a police officer for the Marion Police Department, entered the home of a deceased woman on December 4, 2013, and took $100 from her purse and various prescription drugs for his own personal use.

Another warrant accuses Ellis of using bolt cutters to cut into the lockers at the Marion Police Department some time between October and December 2013, and taking property belonging to others.

Ellis is also accused of looking through the drawers in the home of a breaking and entering victim, and then taking a GPS unit and more prescription drugs for his personal use. The warrant states these actions were captured on video.

On January 16, Ellis was also found in possession of Clonazepam and Oxycodone, two controlled substances.

Jail records show that Ellis was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on January 16, and released on January 17.

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