Police Captain Indicted Following Evidence Room Theft

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts police captain previously placed on leave amid "discrepancies" involving evidence room money has been indicted.

Prosecutors say West Springfield Capt. Daniel Spaulding was indicted Friday for allegedly stealing more than $1,000 from the department. 

Spaulding was charged with using an official position to obtain unwarranted privilege.Spaulding was the senior officer in charge of evidence until October.

Authorities say he took the money from the department's evidence room between May 2016 and May 2017. They say he later replaced the money and returned missing evidence bags.

The 50-year-old Spaulding was placed on paid administrative leave in August. 

West Springfield's police chief says Spaulding has now been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case.

Spaulding's attorney has not responded to requests for comment.

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