Veteran cop pleads not guilty to stealing from evidence room

Missing police evidence includes thousands in cash, diamond ring

Michael McCarthy entered a guilty plea.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence police officer assigned to the department’s evidence unit faced a judge Friday on charges he stole thousands of dollars worth of evidence from the department.

Michael McCarthy, 61, pleaded not guilty to several charges, including larceny of a firearm, receiving stolen goods, larceny over $1,500 and embezzlement.

The Target 12 Investigators have been tracking McCarthy’s case since last year.  The 36-year veteran is accused of stealing a firearm, a diamond ring worth more than $5,000, thousands of dollars in cash and other items from the property room, to which he was assigned.

McCarthy, who was suspended without pay in October of last year after the allegations first surfaced, was released on $5,000 personal recognizance. He’s due back in court later this month.

Target 12 Investigator Walt Buteau contributed background information to this report.

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