FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A Fort Wayne police officer has been
arrested and charged with possessing more than $250,000 in
property stolen from a city police garage.
Indiana State Police arrested Tobin V. Ray, 42, on Tuesday. The
12-year police force veteran was charged with possession of stolen
property, a felony punishable by 3-8 years in prison. The Decatur
resident was being held at the Adams County Jail.
Ray was suspended with pay. Under state law, pay cannot be
suspended until a case is presented to the Board of Public Safety,
said police spokesman Tom Rhoades.
If convicted, Ray could be fired.
The recovered property was stolen from the Fort Wayne Police
Department's vice and narcotics garage in December 2000.
Items recovered from Ray's rural Decatur home included
machinery, trailers, mowers and computer equipment, said state
police spokesman Sgt. Rodger Popplewell. Some of the items had
been confiscated by police during drug raids; other items were
State police began investigating Ray about a month ago after
receiving a tip from police in Decatur about the purchase of a
stolen trailer linked to Ray, Popplewell said.