- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Sauk Prairie police officer faces drug possession and misconduct charges after prosecutors say he stole prescription medications from a drug disposal box at the police department.

Officer Matthew G. Alt was charged Thursday, two days after authorities seized about 470 pills from his North Freedom home. WISC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1lZZP7l ) the pills were all some form of hydrocodone, which is an opiate used as a painkiller.

The criminal complaint says the 38-year-old Alt went to the police department on his days off and emptied the drop box, which is for citizens to safely dispose of unused or expired medications.

Sauk Prairie police Chief Jerry Strunz says Alt is on paid leave pending an internal investigation.

A message left Thursday for Alt’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned to The Associated Press.

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Information from: WISC-TV, http://www.channel3000.com

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