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Former LMPD recruit accused of theft

WDRB Fox 41,
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Louisville, KY

Troy Hilpp, former LMPD recruit
<em>Troy Hilpp, former LMPD recruit</em>

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LMPD Property Room
<em>LMPD Property Room</em>

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- A man who wanted to be a Louisville Metro Police Officer has been accused of stealing from the police department.

33-year-old Troy Hilpp has been charged with theft and tampering with physical evidence after investigators say he stole several items from the police department's evidence room in August.

LMPD Sergeant Robert Biven said Hilpp was hired by LMPD in November 2009. A few months later was hurt and assigned temporarily to work in the property room at 7th Street and Industry Road.

"He was there approximately 5 months it was at that time that our security measures quickly alerted our supervisors to some unlawful activity that was occurring," said Sgt. Biven.

Court documents show that on Aug. 23, Hilpp "removed a Play Station 3 from the evidence shelf of the Louisville Metro Police Department Property Room, along with a printer and an amplifier, and placed them in a dumpster to steal them from the Louisville Metro Police Department."

Click HERE to view the indictments.

Documents also state that he used the same method to steal two digital cameras from the property room -- and that those cameras were found at his home on Aug. 30.

The property room is where police store evidence seized in connection with crimes. That evidence is stored and preserved so that it might be exhibited during trial.

Additionally, Hilpp is accused of illegally obtaining 105 hydrocodone pills and 40 oxycodone pills by filing false prescriptions and doctor shopping.

Louisville Metro Police spokesman Sgt. Biven said Chief Robert White fired Hilpp in September following an investigation. Fox 41 News has also learned that he is a former University of Louisville baseball player.

Prosecutors and Hilpp's defense team were attempting to work out a plea deal during a court hearing Monday morning.

Hilpp is scheduled to be back in court in January.

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