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Colorado Springs Police Sergeant Arrested

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(credit: springsgov.com)

(credit: springsgov.com)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Springs police have arrested a sergeant on suspicion of theft and forgery.

Police say 53-year-old Sgt. James Butierres has been placed on paid leave. If prosecutors file formal charges, he would be placed on unpaid leave. A message left at a phone number listed for him Thursday wasn’t immediately returned.

Butierres is responsible for overseeing the Colorado Springs Police Department’s motor vehicle theft unit. Police say Butierres was arrested after internal checks identified a possible employee theft. Investigators say there was probable cause to arrest him “relating to time and labor issues and funds associated with a motor vehicle theft grant.”

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