The arrest of a 34-year-veteran of the Bridgeport Police Department for larceny was apparently linked to stealing overtime money, according to numerous sources.
Lt. Stephen Shuck, who joined the department in 1983, was arrested at his home Tuesday on a warrant after he failed to show up to turn himself in, according to the Connecticut Post.
The investigation into Shuck's wrongdoings was brought to the chief's attention last month, the Post said. The chief then sent the information to the State Attorney's Office for a warrant to be drawn up.
Shuck was immediately suspended from his police duties without pay following the arrest, said Av Harris, spokesman for the Bridgeport Police.
He was released on a promise to appear in court.
Following the arrest, Chief AJ Perez stated that “This is a sad day. Lieutenant Shuck was an academy classmate, and we came on the department at the same time. However, my job is to protect and serve the citizens of this city and to uphold the integrity of the Police Department and that is what I’m doing.”
Pay records show that Shuck earned $128,972, with $23,737 in overtime for last year, the Post said .
An evening supervisor in the detective bureau, Shuck has also worked in the department's vice and narcotics units.
Sources told the Connecticut Post that the lieutenant put in for overtime on numerous occasions when he was at his Stratford home. The city declined to provide additional details pending a continuing investigation.
If convicted, Shuck could face up to 20 years in prison and lose his pension, the Post said.
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