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Denver Police officer arrested after body camera captures him stealing money at crime scene

October 31, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Denver Police officer arrested after body camera captures him stealing money at crime scene

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Denver Police officer Julian Archuleta was taken into custody on Friday after his own body camera filmed stealing $1,200 from a crime scene.

The 48-year-old Archuleta is seen in the video grabbing cash from the suspect’s clothes after paramedics removed the items during a shooting investigation on October 7th, an arrest affidavit revealed.

The cop had been dispatched to take pictures of the scene and the suspect’s car, which crashed during an ensuing chase.

Archuleta’s body camera was turned on for over 24 minutes as he explored the suspect’s car and clothing. It showed him finding a stack of cash with a $100 bill on top, the arrest report indicated.

When Julian Archuleta took inventory of the evidence at the scene, he failed to disclose the $100 bill, even though another investigator had already recorded it as evidence.

Investigators then inspected Archuleta’s body cam footage, and they caught him stealing the money. Archuleta faces charges of official misconduct, theft, and tampering with physical evidence, The Daily Mail reported.

Archuleta, who has been on the force since 2004, has been suspended without pay. The department declined to release the body cam footage, citing it as evidence in the case.

After Archuleta had been brought into internal affairs, he reached out a police union rep to let him know he was being investigated for stealing.

The police report stated that he offered to “check his war bag” to make sure the missing funds didn’t slip into a crevice in the suspect’s vehicle.

An hour later, Archuleta contacted the union representative again to say he had found $1,200 that “must have fallen in his bag.”

He then gave the money to internal affairs but would not speak to detectives.

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