WINDSOR, Va. (WAVY) — The former police chief of Windsor has been indicted on felony embezzlement charges.
Arlis Victor Reynolds, 39, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, after turning himself in to Virginia State Police. He was charged with obtaining money under false pretenses and embezzlement. Both charges were handed up by an Isle of Wight County Grand Jury on Monday.
Reynolds is accused of using town property to make a deal for a personal rent payment, and for misusing state grant money intended to supplement police personnel expenses.
Windsor Vice Mayor Wesley Garris said he just found out about the charges this week. “I was very sorry to hear that. I think Chief Reynolds had done a good job for the town and people liked him, and I was very disappointed when I heard that he was being investigated by the state police,” Garris said.
Windsor resident Debbie Attard said she felt sorry for Windsor’s family and for the community. “Innocent until proven guilty, and if he’s guilty, he needs to be charged like anybody else,” she said.
The investigation began in October of last year. Reynolds was fired in December.
Reynolds has been released on bond. The prosecution is being handled by the Office of Attorney General Mark Herring, and Senior Assistant Attorney General Patrick Dorgan has been appointed to serve as special prosecutor in the case.
Reynolds’ attorney, John Randall, said his client maintains his innocence. He said they “look forward to exculpatory evidence that will be brought forward in this case. We believe that the evidence will clearly show that’s he’s not guilty of the two indictments.”
Randall confirmed that his client has been working as a comedian, since losing his job with the town of Windsor.
The Windsor Police Department declined to comment for this story. First Sergeant Dan Riddle is leading the department until the town finds a new chief.