- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A former Philadelphia police officer is facing charges related to a gun theft scandal seven years ago at the department’s firearms identification unit.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/22wBRi3) 35-year-old Anthony Magsam was taken into custody Wednesday on charges including theft and receiving stolen property.

His arrest comes about a week after his former commander, Lt. Vincent Testa, killed himself before a meeting with prosecutors about the case.

A message left seeking comment at Magsam’s family’s home wasn’t returned Thursday. No attorney information was listed in online court documents.

Magsam was accused in 2009 of stealing parts of automatic weapons while working for the firearms identification unit.

Former Commissioner Charles Ramsey reassigned Magsam and Testa and asked the Department of Justice to audit the unit.

Magsam retired in 2011.


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