Fired Ohio trooper charged with stealing guns from evidence

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A former State Highway Patrol post commander accused of stalking a subordinate’s wife after their affair has separately been charged with stealing guns that were evidence when he was a patrolman in central Ohio.

The Delaware County prosecutor says two guns were found in fired Lt. William Elschlager’s Marietta home — one firearm that was supposed to have been destroyed, another logged as having been returned to its owner.

No attorney is listed for Elschlager in the theft case. A message seeking comment was left Friday for his attorney from the stalking case in Washington County.

A spokesman says the patrol doesn’t tolerate behavior like Elschlager’s and quickly ended his employment in February after learning of the allegations.

He had been the Marietta post commander.