Howe police chief facing shoplifting charge

John Doyle // mugshot provided by Fort Smith Police DepartmentJohn Doyle // mugshot provided by Fort Smith Police Department
Amanda Corbin
News Reporter

The Howe police chief has been accused of shoplifting in Arkansas.

The Fort Smith Police Department allege Howe Police Chief John Edward Doyle Jr. shoplifted at the Walmart on 62nd Street in Fort Smith on Friday evening.

The report from the department by Officer Darren Riddick alleges Doyle switched price tags on two products.

The store's asset protection associate told police that Doyle switched the prices tags of $5.97 and $29.88 on two camping chairs then purchased the higher priced chair with the lesser price tag via self checkout.

In the report, Riddick alleges Doyle admitted to the fraudulent purchase.

"He made comments about how stupid he was and that he did it for the adrenaline rush," the report read.

He was booked in the Sebastian County jail on the misdemeanor charge of shoplifting under $1,000 and released on a $1,000 bond.