Ex-detective accused of stealing over $1,000 from evidence room in Farmington

Foster's Daily Democrat, Dover, N.H, STATE AND REGIONAL NEWS
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News
BYLINE: Joey Cresta, Foster's Daily Democrat, Dover, N.H.

Farmington, NH

June 23--FARMINGTON -- The N.H. Attorney General's Office alleges a former police detective stole more than $1,000 from the station's evidence room.

Brendan June, 27, of 200 Nicola Road in Middleton, was indicted this month following a grand jury session in Strafford County Superior Court. The indictment on one Class A felony count of theft by unauthorized taking alleges he removed more than $1,000 from the police station evidence room between Nov. 1, 2009 and May 8, 2010.

James Vara, an attorney with the AG's office, said the theft may have been "pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct."

He declined to comment further on the case, saying only that the AG's office was notified of the alleged behavior and conducted an investigation.

Farmington Police Chief Scott Roberge said June is no longer with the department. He said no other members of the force were involved in the theft.

Roberge said they discovered some items were missing from the evidence room. Once he learned of the theft, he informed the AG's office, he said, noting his biggest concern was protecting the integrity of the department.

"It's an unfortunate situation," he said.

Roberge said June worked for the department for approximately three years. According to Vara, June formerly held the rank of detective.

"He was a decent officer throughout his tenure," Roberge said, adding "nothing jumps out" when asked if he ever received complaints about June or had any disciplinary issues.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 71/2 to 15 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine.

June is scheduled to be arraigned in Strafford County Superior Court on June 29 at 9 a.m.

An indictment is not an indication of guilt; rather it means a grand jury has found sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.

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