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Police: Cop stole from department, gave items to suspect

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Hartford police sergeant charged with stealing department equipment and giving it to a suspected drug dealer will remain held on $175,000 bail.

Sgt. Justin Torniero, who has been suspended since December for allegedly using a police vehicle without authorization, was charged Tuesday with multiple counts of larceny. He's also accused of using cocaine and alcohol while in uniform.

On Wednesday, a judge declined to lower Torniero's bail.

The Hartford Courant reports that Torniero's public defender, Brian Pear, asked that his client be released from custody, citing his strong ties to the community.

A prosecutor said the officer's arrest eroded public trust in the police department.

Authorities say Torniero stole a department ballistic vest and mountain bicycle, which were later found in the suspected drug dealer's Farmington home.


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