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If you’re looking to rob a town blind, it might be time head to Chelsea, where all four of the town’s full-time police officers and two part-time patrolmen resigned, leaving the northeastern hamlet to the care of seven reserve officers.

Chelsea’s police chief, assistant chief, captain and patrol officers said so long after alleged political string-pulling by the town’s leaders over the arrest of a local construction company owner on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Somehow, Kenny Weast, a town administrator, showed up at the scene as officers arrested Brian Haggard on March 3. Other influential politicos in Chelsea — Are there a lot of those? — called the cops and made their displeasure over the arrest known. When the town board voted to keep Weast on, it prompted the mass resignation.

But before anyone rides into town with a six-shooter and a mind to rustle cattle or whatever they have in Chelsea, be aware that Weast announced the Rogers County sheriff’s deputies would patrol the town of about 2,000 people until the situation is resolved.

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