Colorado Springs police sergeant charged with theft, forgery

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A police sergeant assigned to oversee a Motor Vehicle Theft grant has been arrested and charged with theft and forgery, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

An “internal checks and balances” within the department about a week ago found a “possible employee theft,” said police spokeswoman Barbara Miller.

Police started an investigation, which led them to one of their own: Sgt. James Butierres.

Butierres, 53, was taken into custody Thursday. He faces charges including felony theft and felony forgery.

Miller did not specify what Butierres is accused of doing but said the arrest is related to time and labor issues and funds associated with a Motor Vehicle Theft grant.

Butierres has been placed on administrative leave with pay while the case is presented to the district attorney, who will decide to file formal charges.

“The arrest of an officer has an impact not only on department members, but our community as well,” said Police Chief Peter Carey. “It will be handled in the same manner and with the same integrity as every other investigation.”

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