Charles Roger Kelly, special assistant to the Prince George's chief of police, was cited yesterday for allegedly shoplifting a bottle of perfume from a government-run shop on Andrews Air Force Base.

County police said Kelly, a civilian who reportedly was a candidate for the currently unfilled job of police chief, was suspended without pay from his job until his case is decided in the courts.

According to sources, Kelly was confronted by a store official Dec. 10 after allegedly shoplifting the perfume at the Andrews Air Force Base Exchange. He left the store before military police arrived, the sources said. The perfume was estimated to have been valued at less than $50.

The case was investigated by base police who yesterday issued the citation and a summons for Kelly to appear before a federal magistrate.

Kelly could not be reached for comment. Store officials also refused to comment yesterday.

Former police chief John Rhoads appointed Kelly to the department four years ago after Kelly retired as an Army lieutenant colonel. His last post was as provost marshal in charge of military police at Fort Meade.

Kelly earns approximately $26,000, according to a county police spokesman.

Acting county police chief Joseph Vasco said he suspended Kelly after the department's internal unit investigated the matter.

County police officials said Kelly, 47, played a troubleshooter's role for the department, primarily in the field of community relations.