- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A former Cheshire police captain is accused of stealing almost $21,000 from the police union while serving as its treasurer.

Forty-six year old Jay Markella was charged Wednesday with larceny.

Markella served as union treasurer from January 2005 until September 2010 when he was promoted to captain and left the union.

Prosecutors allege he took the money from several union accounts between April 2007 and October 2012.

Police say they discovered the thefts during an unrelated investigation.

Markella served as a Cheshire police spokesman after the infamous 2007 home invasion and murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters.

Markella resigned from the Cheshire Police Department on Sept. 20, 2013.

A phone call seeking comment from Markella Wednesday went unanswered.

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