- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A retired suburban Cleveland police officer has been sentenced to three years in prison on charges related to the theft of money and drugs from a police evidence room.

Fifty-four-year-old Andre Harmon pleaded guilty last month to theft in office, drug possession and tampering with evidence and agreed to pay $41,000 in restitution to the city of Warrensville Heights, which hired Harmon as an evidence technician after his retirement as a police officer. A judge sentenced Harmon on Monday.

The theft was uncovered after a roommate at the Cleveland home where Harmon lived found boxes with empty cash envelopes and envelopes with small amounts of drugs inside.

Harmon’s attorney says his client is a “good guy” who took the money out of desperation and planned to pay it back.

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