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Trooper Accused of Stealing from Victim of Fatal Crash [CT]
www.nbcconnecticut.com ^ | Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 | Updated 2:48 PM EST | Staff

Posted on 11/29/2012 12:59:44 PM PST by Red Badger

A 43-year-old state trooper has been charged with larceny, accused of stealing jewelry and cash from the victim of a fatal crash on Route 15 in Fairfield on Sept. 22.

Trooper Aaron Huntsman, an 18-year veteran of the department, has been suspended from the department, according to state police.

Police began investigating when the victim’s family determined that jewelry, clothing and cash were missing, state police said.

The Connecticut Post is reporting that Huntsman is accused of stealing $3,000 in cash and a gold chain from the victim's body.

The family obtained the victim’s clothes from the hospital, but were not able to find jewelry.

As State Police investigated, they determined that no jewelry was logged into evidence and a large amount of cash was found in the trooper’s police cruiser.

Police obtained an arrest warrant on Wednesday charging Huntsman with two counts of third-degree larceny, interfering with police and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Police arrested Huntsman on Thursday.

He was released after posting a $5,000 bond and will be arraigned in Superior Court GA #2 Bridgeport on Dec. 10.

According to the state Web site, Huntsman's state police salary is $80,000 and he made almost $112,000 in 2011.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: highwayrobbery; leo; sourcetitlenoturl; theft; thief; trooper
Just damn..............
1 posted on 11/29/2012 12:59:55 PM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Greedy SOB. He was making plenty of money too.


2 posted on 11/29/2012 1:04:14 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Red Badger

What would you expect from a LEO? I’m sure it happens all the time and they get away with it. People who shoot dogs for fun after all...


3 posted on 11/29/2012 1:05:18 PM PST by babygene
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To: Red Badger

Finders keepers?


4 posted on 11/29/2012 1:06:08 PM PST by Twinkie (ABORTION is GENOCIDE of Blacks & Hispanics!)
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To: Red Badger

Well, first he shouldn’t have taken the chain. Second, he shouldn’t have taken all of the cash. Not saying it is right to steal, just analyzing the errors made.


5 posted on 11/29/2012 1:07:19 PM PST by webheart (King of the Run-On Sentence)
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To: Red Badger

Aaron Huntsman, a state trooper, was arrested after police said he took a chain and cash from the dead victim of a motorcycle crash in Fairfield in September 2012. Facebook photo. Photo: Facebook / CT

6 posted on 11/29/2012 1:08:19 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: babygene

Happens all the time. The son of a co-worker died in a car crash and had all his money and high school ring stolen. They even stole his dry cleaning from the car.


7 posted on 11/29/2012 1:09:19 PM PST by ladyjane (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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To: Red Badger

Low life s.o.b.! Scum of the earth.


8 posted on 11/29/2012 1:11:40 PM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: Red Badger

Not to mention all the cocaine and other goodies they walk away with during a drug bust.
If ya get charged with possessing 2 oz and ya had 4 ya going to bitch?


9 posted on 11/29/2012 1:12:23 PM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: Red Badger

Same thing happened to me forty years ago...my watch ‘disappeared’ somewhere between an auto accident and the hospital.


10 posted on 11/29/2012 1:13:01 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Red Badger
Well, they're either stealing money for the jurisdiction they work in or stealing money for themselves. After awhile, the distinction kind of gets blurred.

If that alone didn't present a problem, they also have a built-in protection network.

Before the haters kick in, I will tell you that my only son and the father of my only grandchildren is a cop.

I am not happy about that career choice and he knows it.

11 posted on 11/29/2012 1:17:37 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Red Badger

I’ve heard stories of volunteer firemen going into a house on a fire call and helping themselves to cash,jewelry,and pill bottles.


12 posted on 11/29/2012 1:20:13 PM PST by 4yearlurker (No matter who you elect,the government eventually gets in.)
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To: ladyjane

My daughter died as a result of injuries she suffered in an auto accident on a lonely stretch of road outside Jasper, Indiana, several years ago. She was airlifted to a local hospital, then to the coroner’s office, then taken to a local funeral home in Jasper, then her body was flown to a funeral home in Houston. Accompanying her remains was all her jewelry, cell phone and her purse including all her credit cards and a couple hundred dollars in cash. Nothing really mattered except for her jewelry which I wanted to keep and was simply amazed that everything was intact, especially since it probably passed through so many hands. Someone along the way had even turned off her cellphone because it still had almost a full charge left and lots and lots of messages. Just a whole bunch of honest, caring people in that part of the country.


13 posted on 11/29/2012 1:24:53 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A
"Nothing really mattered except for her jewelry which...probably passed through so many hands....Just a whole bunch of honest, caring people in that part of the country."

First my deepest sympathies for your loss. The critical thing that matters is that the first responder to inventory her items was apparently good and honest. While it most likely did pass through many hands, there was a chain of custody so if anything went missing along the way, the last person to have signed for it would have had some 'splainin' to do. The fortunate thing was the first person took good care of your daughter's possessions and took the time to do a careful, detailed inventory. That went a long way to keeping everybody else in the chain honest.

14 posted on 11/29/2012 1:31:57 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Grams A

Grams A, I’m so sorry about your daughter. There are more honest law enforcement officials out there than not. I’m so glad your family didn’t have to suffer a double tragedy through theft of her belongings. It sickens me to hear stories about this especially since my Hub is a retired police officer, our son is an active police officer as is our son-in-law and I’m so proud of them all. God bless you and your family.


15 posted on 11/29/2012 1:36:01 PM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Grams A

Grams A, I’m so sorry about your daughter. There are more honest law enforcement officials out there than not. I’m so glad your family didn’t have to suffer a double tragedy through theft of her belongings. It sickens me to hear stories about this especially since my Hub is a retired police officer, our son is an active police officer as is our son-in-law and I’m so proud of them all. God bless you and your family.


16 posted on 11/29/2012 1:36:15 PM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Red Badger
Having worked in a large hospital's ER for many years I can,sadly,attest to the fact that theft of patients’ valuables by hospital staff is not unknown.Knowing that,I'd say that the trooper isn't the only plausible suspect.
17 posted on 11/29/2012 1:43:01 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: t1b8zs; Red Badger

This is NO EXCUSE, but almost certainly eventually we will learn of an addiction, whether drugs, gambling, women...or a combination thereof.


18 posted on 11/29/2012 1:43:41 PM PST by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: Red Badger

While in the Navy, went to pick up a kid that had injured himself in port in Ecuador. Got him out of the local “hospital” by impersonating a medical doctor, the only thing missing was one shoe, he evidently came there with 2, i am imagining a one legged man with a nice shiny new air jordan on his remaining foot.


19 posted on 11/29/2012 1:52:30 PM PST by Docbarleypop
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To: Red Badger

Not just police that do this, when my grandmother had a grease fire in her condo she lost her fathers gold retirement watch that meant the world to her.

Took it right out from under the glass display dome in her living room.


20 posted on 11/29/2012 1:54:07 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Grams A

So sorry for your loss. Truly a parents worst nightmare. I pray you have peace.


21 posted on 11/29/2012 1:55:13 PM PST by No Socialist
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To: lightman

Not to be nit-picky, but LOTS of people steal who have no addictions. Let’s face it, EVERYBODY (me included) wants more.


22 posted on 11/29/2012 1:55:52 PM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Gay State Conservative
...they determined that no jewelry was logged into evidence and a large amount of cash was found in the trooper’s police cruiser.
23 posted on 11/29/2012 1:56:29 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

Let’s face it, EVERYBODY (me included) wants more.”

My Catholic guilt would make me miserable forever...I would and could not steal from someone. But that’s just me....


24 posted on 11/29/2012 2:08:04 PM PST by oust the louse (Obamacare has morphed into a tax on staying alive.)
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To: Red Badger
...they determined that no jewelry was logged into evidence and a large amount of cash was found in the trooper’s police cruiser.

But,ordinarily,the jewelry and the cash *also* would have been handed over to the hospital.Perhaps CT does it differently but that's the way it was done in Boston,Massachusetts.

It would take a while to detail the procedure an ER employs in receiving patient valuables in a situation like that but the clerk involved and/or another staff member could be the culprit.We had several incidents in my hospital,a very large and very famous one.As for the cash in the troopers cruiser it seems possible that there's an innocent explanation.

In short,do cops sometimes steal from suspects,crime victims or accident victims? Very probably.But I *know* that at at least one large hospital there were a couple of incidents that *I* know of where hospital staff members were the thieves.

Just sayin'.....

25 posted on 11/29/2012 2:10:55 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: Doctor 2Brains
Let’s face it, EVERYBODY (me included) wants more.

But many of us have honor.

26 posted on 11/29/2012 2:32:22 PM PST by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: Red Badger

Eighteen years on the force. That could add up to a lot of money. Police investigated burglaries/car accidents et... and all of those crimes give them access to valuables. I bet this isn’t the first time he got sticky fingers IMHO.


27 posted on 11/29/2012 2:35:06 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Red Badger
My three in counters with LEO’s and firemen have been sketchy to say the least. You try and do the right thing and one of them all ways turns into a shakedown artist.
28 posted on 11/29/2012 2:45:09 PM PST by ezoeni
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To: Doctor 2Brains

Let’s face it, EVERYBODY (me included) wants more.

Seems to be epidemic in today’s society.


29 posted on 11/29/2012 2:54:03 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: momtothree

And I’ll bet that the union defends him and gets his pension for him after he gets off probation.


30 posted on 11/29/2012 2:56:10 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: Red Badger

Dollars to donuts that was not his first rodeo.


31 posted on 11/29/2012 3:00:53 PM PST by sport
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To: Twinkie

Yeah, you could say that.Or the argument could and probably will be be made by the cops can do no wrong crowd, a/k/a jackboot lickers, that the victim did not have any use for them where they are. So, yeah, for him and them it was a win, win situation. Any decent individual would find it repugnant.


32 posted on 11/29/2012 3:06:09 PM PST by sport
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To: RetiredTexasVet

“I’ll bet the union defends him...”

Wouldn’t surprise me but his patrol days have to be over. Think about it... every time he appears in court, I am sure his criminal history will come into question. If I was a juror, I would blindly believe anything that came out of his mouth whether he put his hand on a bible or not. His credibility is shot. However, you are right ... the department could put him at a desk for the rest of his career. You know... so he has time to meet with his therapist for whatever mental disorder someone comes up with that explains stealing from someone.


33 posted on 11/29/2012 3:10:31 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Doctor 2Brains
Not to be nit-picky, but LOTS of people steal who have no addictions. Let’s face it, EVERYBODY (me included) wants more.

When I was a teen, me and my buddies had some run-ins with cops. They were always shaking us down. One time my buddy had a big stash of fireworks in a tool chest in his car trunk, M-80s, rockets, heavy-duty stuff. They asked him if the tool chest belonged to him, he said no. So the cop emptied the stash into his squad car, then chuckled and asked if my buddy wanted his tool chest back, he said yes. These cops were taking our stuff for their own enjoyment and not turning it in. Happened multiple times with other stuff. They knew we were happy not getting busted. Later on when I worked with cops I saw this going on. There's good cops and bad cops, just like any profession.

34 posted on 11/29/2012 3:12:42 PM PST by roadcat
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To: Red Badger
To Protect ans Steal...
35 posted on 11/29/2012 4:08:41 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Grams A
Accompanying her remains was all her jewelry, cell phone and her purse including all her credit cards and a couple hundred dollars in cash. Nothing really mattered except for her jewelry which I wanted to keep and was simply amazed that everything was intact, especially since it probably passed through so many hands. Someone along the way had even turned off her cellphone because it still had almost a full charge left and lots and lots of messages. Just a whole bunch of honest, caring people in that part of the country.

Thanks for sharing - You're story - thankfully - is the norm... and you're right - there are 'a whole bunch of honest caring people ..." in all lines of work. And there are filthy dirty criminals in all lines of work too. I suspect the cop in this story will be out of work - and respect - for many years.

36 posted on 11/29/2012 4:44:45 PM PST by GOPJ (The economy is so bad MSNBC had to lay off 300 Obama spokesmen - Leno)
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To: Red Badger
Mike Royko used to tell a story about a rookie cop in Chicago walking onto a crime scene in the 1930s and saw a News photographer wrestling a wrist watch off a shooting victim.

The Cop yelled for him to stop and the guy said OK, you can have the watch, but I get his wallet!

Things never change.

37 posted on 11/29/2012 4:49:52 PM PST by jaz.357 (Welcome to hell. Here's your accordion.)
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