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Former Ansonia officer arrested for evidence tampering

BYLINE: Dylan Hyman, Staff

Ansonia, CT

(WTNH) — Former Ansonia Police Officer Matthew Macero has been arrested on charges that he tampered with and stole evidence from the Ansonia Police Department back in 2013.

The Connecticut State Police handled the investigation at the request of Ansonia Chief Kevin J. Hale.

Since the discovery of Macero’s alleged wrong-doing, more safeguards have been put in place in the Department’s evidence room. A New seizure and destruction policy has been instituted, as well as audits, additional restrictions on access, and putting a Sergeant in charge of all evidence processes.

“The criminal probe showed that Matthew Macero used his position and trusted relationships within the department to gain access to items of evidence for his personal needs,” said Chief Hale. “While Matthew Macero betrayed that trust, I want to assure the City of Ansonia that the honorable police officers that work at the Ansonia Police Department are committed to serving the residents and they perform at a high level of professionalism and integrity daily.”

In a statement released to News 8, Macero’s attorney said “Matt’s a hero. He was an asset to the Ansonia Police Department and to the task forces to which he was assigned. The Ansonia Police Department may very well have an issue with its handling of evidence, but those failures have nothing to do with Matt. It’s reprehensible that Chief Hale has chosen to shift the blame for his own inadequacies to one of his finest officers. We look forward to Matt’s vindication.”

No word yet on when Macero will face a judge.

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