NY cop gets up to 3 years for evidence room thefts

www.wcax.com, The Associated Press

Herkimer, NY

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) - A former upstate New York village police investigator has been sentenced to from one to three years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars from a police department evidence room to support his gambling habit.

Robert Risi, an 18-year-veteran with the Herkimer Police Department, pleaded guilty in October to grand larceny.

The 42-year-old Risi has paid restitution of about $15,800 and apologized during his sentencing Thursday in Herkimer County Court.

Prosecutors said Risi began to steal money in small amounts from the evidence room in November 2008. State police began an investigation in late April after $8,733 in evidence from a Herkimer convenience store robbery went missing.

Information from: Observer-Dispatch, http://www.uticaod.com

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