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State Cop Accused Of Theft From Fairfield Crash Victim

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Connecticut State Trooper was charged with stealing items from the scene of a fatal accident that occurred on the Merritt Parkway earlier this year, according to state police reports.

A man died in a motorcycle accident near exit 44 on the Merritt Parkway just before midnight Sept. 22. After the scene was cleared, family members reported that some of the victim’s jewelry and cash was missing, according to police reports.

Investigators later found the jewelry and realized it had not been filed as evidence by the trooper investigating the crash, police say. State Police found a “large amount of cash” in the trooper’s car, according to State Police Lt. Paul Vance.

Aaron Huntsman, 43, of Middletown, was arrested Thursday at Troop I headquarters in Bethany. Huntsman, an 18-year-veteran of the Connecticut State Police, was placed on suspension during the investigation and will be investigated by internal affairs, Vance said in a press release.

Huntsman was charged with two counts of third-degree larceny and tampering with evidence, all felonies, and interfering with police, a misdemeanor. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond Thursday, and is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Dec. 10.

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