NY officer admits stealing cash from evidence room

The Utica Observer-Dispatch, http://www.uticaod.com

Herkimer, NY

A former upstate New York village police investigator has pleaded guilty to gambling away thousands of dollars he stole from the police station's evidence room.

Robert Risi was scheduled to go on trial next week in Herkimer County Court but instead pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand larceny.

The 42-year-old Risi will receive one to three years in state prison and have to pay $15,800 in restitution. His sentencing is set for Jan. 21.

Prosecutors said Risi, an 18-year-veteran with the Herkimer Police Department, began to steal money in small amounts from the department's evidence room in November 2008. State police began probing Risi in late April when $8,733 related to a Herkimer convenience store robbery was missing from the storage room.

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