The Associated Press reports:
A former detective is charged in the theft and exchanging of tires, slot machines, watches and other items from an Eastpointe police forfeiture shed for drugs and money.
The Macomb County prosecutor’s office says the 41-year-old man is charged Friday with misconduct in office and embezzlement.
Authorities say the stolen items were given to a former confidential informant to sell.
Acting Eastpointe Police Chief Scott Bourgeois says an internal investigation immediately was launched when it was noticed that some items were missing.
The detective resigned during the investigation into the thefts. He had spent 14 years with the police department, north of Detroit.
He is to be arraigned in 38th District Court. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.
If Michigan were without any history of corruption, perhaps it would be more understandable that the Michigan House of Representatives has enacted legislation to incentivize police seizures. That simply is not the case. Michigan is awash in a history of police corruption. In March of this year, the FBI and the Michigan State Police Department raided the Romulus Michigan Police Department amid rumors of missing and/or misappropriated asset forfeiture funds, missing cocaine, and falsified time sheets. In February, members of the Michigan State Narcotics were charged with racketeering and embezzlement. A former member of the Michigan House of Representatives and a former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, is currently incarcerated in a federal prison after years of corruption that has also served to stain the Michigan State Police and Detroit Police Departments. The longest servingDetroit Chief of Police, Bill Hart, was convicted of embezzling millions of taxpayer dollars. From 1994 to 2000, an estimated 220 pounds of cocaine was stolen from the Detroit Police Department evidence room to be resold on the streets of Detroit.