May 26, 2022

KBI: Former Kansas police officer arrested in theft investigation

Posted May 26, 2022 6:00 PM
Rowland-photo Barton County 
Rowland-photo Barton County 

BARTON COUNTY – Today, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) arrested a former police officer from the Ellinwood Police Department, according to a media release from the agency.

Just after 8 a.m., KBI agents arrested 40-year-old Christopher W. Rowland of Great Bend, at 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.

He was arrested on requested charges of theft, possession of marijuana, official misconduct, interference with a law enforcement officer, and interference with the judicial process.

Rowland was employed as an officer with the Ellinwood Police Department until November of 2021. On December 14, 2021, the Ellinwood Police Department requested the KBI investigate missing money and drugs discovered during an audit of their evidence locker. The police department cooperated fully with the investigation.

Following his arrest, Rowland was transported to the Barton County Jail for booking.