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Ex-officer admits taking cash from evidence

By Jerome Burdi

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Former Detective Aurelio Rodriguez slipped into a downward spiral he found hard to break, stealing about $8,000 from police evidence funds over a year or so, he told investigators.

Rodriguez, 57, resigned in December - 23 years after being hired - and gave up his law enforcement credentials to avoid being charged and prosecuted, April records show.

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