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Two former Sharon police officers have been charged in connection with a stolen or missing weapon that belonged to one of them during their time at the department.

The two officers, Matthew Paul Lehman, 31, of 479 Victory Church Road, Franklin, and Kaillie Marshall, 25, of 864 Highland Road, Sharon, who were living together at one point, had administrative action taken against them because of the incident and are no longer Sharon police officers, Mercer County District Attorney Peter C. Acker said.

Acker said Lehman's weapon and duty belt were reported stolen with an explanation that was viewed with suspicion.

After an internal investigation was conducted within the Sharon Police Department, an independent investigation by the district attorney's office was done for the time period between Nov. 21 to Dec. 14.

At one point, the gun was seen on Facebook, as someone was trying to sell it. Ultimately, the gun was used in a home invasion in New Castle. New Castle police later found that it was stolen from the Sharon Police Department.

"We don't have any evidence that she stole his gun. We've heard that theory. We're actively investigating that theory and if and when we find out who stole it, they will be charged," Acker said. "The good news is the gun was recovered and no one was injured."

Lehman was charged with obstructing the administration of law and unsworn falsification to authorities and Marshall was charged with unlawful duplication, criminal trespass, unsworn falsification to authorities and assault in connection with the case.

See the full story in Friday's edition of The Herald

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