- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A longtime Providence police officer has admitted to stealing a gun and more than $9,000 in cash from the department’s evidence room.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/29RHOb4) 63-year-old Michael McCarthy pleaded guilty Tuesday in Providence Superior Court to embezzling more than $100. He was sentenced to one year of home confinement.

Charges of larceny and receiving stolen goods were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.

McCarthy, of Warwick, is a 36-year veteran officer. He was suspended after his arrest in 2014.

Providence police launched an investigation in 2014 after a diamond ring recovered from a theft disappeared. An audit of the evidence room revealed that other items were missing.

McCarthy was assigned to the evidence room for several years. Prosecutors say he embezzled cash from 2005 through 2014.

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