- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Providence officer accused of stealing jewelry and other items from a police evidence room has pleaded not guilty to felony charges.

Sixty-one-year-old Michael McCarthy appeared in Superior Court Friday to face charges of larceny of a firearm, receiving stolen goods, larceny over $1,500 and embezzlement. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance.

The Warwick resident and 36-year veteran officer has been suspended from the department.

McCarthy is accused of stealing a gun, a diamond ring and cash from the evidence room.

Police officials have said they don’t believe any current cases are affected by the thefts. They say a sergeant noticed jewelry was missing as police prepared to return it to its owner.

McCarthy’s lawyer told WJAR-TV that he couldn’t comment on the case until he reviewed the evidence.

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