Stolen Firearm Recovered, Former Dundy County Sheriff Arrested

(Benkelman, NE) - Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested the former Dundy County Sheriff as part of an investigation into firearms missing from the sheriff’s office.

An inventory conducted by the sheriff’s office identified that four department-owned handguns were missing. This morning, NSP investigators served a search warrant at the residence of Clinton Smith, 42, of Benkelman, and located one of the four missing firearms.

Smith was arrested for theft by unlawful taking and possession of a stolen firearm. He was lodged in Dundy County Jail.

This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with additional information that could assist in this investigation is asked to contact Nebraska Crime Stoppers. Tips can be made anonymously at, through the P3 Tips mobile app, or by calling 800-422-1494.