Fort Wayne Officer Accused of Possessing Stolen Property

Associated Press

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 city property.

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.

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