Friday, March 10, 2006

Aren’t Police supposed to nail thieves, not be thieves?


Southington ex-officer charged in computer thefts
March 9, 2006 Associated Press

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. -- A day after resigning from the Southington police force, a 23-year-old Farmington man has been charged with dealing in stolen computer equipment.

Justin Levy had resigned on Tuesday amid allegations of stealing the computers. Levy had been a patrol officer in Southington for more than two years, Sgt. Lowell DePalma said Wednesday.

A police dispatcher told two Southington police employees who had recently bought laptop computers that 12 such computers had been stolen in Rocky Hill from Sysco Food Service and were listed as stolen on a national crime database.

The employees found that the serial numbers on their computers matched the computers listed on the database, DePalma said.DePalma refused to say if it was other police officers or civilian employees who had bought the computers. He said, however, that they were not aware they had purchased stolen goods. They will not be charged, he said.

Police eventually connected Levy to four stolen computers and to Michael Gaffney, a friend of his from college days. Levy was arrested on several larceny counts.

Gaffney, 23, of Southington, was responsible for repairing and replacing computers at Sysco. He was also arrested on larceny charges.

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