A 43-year-old state trooper has been charged with larceny, accused of stealing jewelry and cash from the victim of a fatal motorcycle crash on Route 15 in Fairfield on Sept. 22.
Trooper Aaron Huntsman, an 18-year veteran of the department, has been suspended from the department, according to state police.
John Scalesse, 49, of Orange, president of JAS Masonry, died from injuries sustained in the crash.
Police began investigating when the Scalesse's family determined that jewelry, clothing and cash were missing, state police said.
The Connecticut Post is reporting that Huntsman is accused of stealing $3,000 in cash and a gold chain from the victim's body.
Scalesse's family obtained his clothes from the hospital, but were not able to find jewelry.
As State Police investigated, they determined that no jewelry was logged into evidence and found the jewelry and a large amount of cash in the trooper’s police cruiser, police said.
Police obtained an arrest warrant on Wednesday charging Huntsman with two counts of third-degree larceny, interfering with police and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Police arrested Huntsman on Thursday.
He was released after posting a $5,000 bond and will be arraigned in Superior Court GA #2 Bridgeport on Dec. 10.
According to the state Web site, Huntsman's state police salary is $80,000 and he made almost $112,000 in 2011.
NBC Connecticut went to Huntsman's Fairfield home for comment but no one came to the door.