Tempe police: Officer who admitted stealing quits

Tempe police: Officer who admitted stealing quits

CREATED Jul 29, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey


PHOENIX (AP) - Tempe police say an officer who admitted stealing police property and cash has resigned.

The Arizona Republic reports that former patrol officer Aaron Smith was taken into custody Saturday after a month-long internal investigation and faces charges of theft, burglary and tampering with physical evidence.

Police began to get reports of missing items such as two police bicycles in early July.

Tempe Police spokesman Lt. Mike Horn says Smith had access to the areas where the property disappeared, and his swing-shift hours matched up with when the items went missing.

Detectives found the stolen bikes when they served search warrants at Smith's home, vehicles and work locker Saturday.

Horn says Smith admitted to stealing the property and said he was under extreme financial hardship.


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