CHESTERFIELD, VA –A Chesterfield County Police officer has been arrested after police say while on duty he took and sold the jewelry of a person needing medical attention.
Officer First Class Joshua J. Hill, 34, was arrested and charged with felony embezzlement.
Police said Hill responded to a service call February 10. During the call, Hill came into possession of jewelry that belonged to a person being taken to an area hospital for treatment, police said.
Police said Hill kept the jewelry for a period of time before selling it, at which point he kept the money.
When the victim's friend attempted to recover the jewelry, the Chesterfield County Police Department was alerted to the situation.
Police said the jewelry has been recovered and will be returned to its owner.
Pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings, Hill has been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with department policy.
"We are deeply saddened and embarrassed by the actions of this officer," Col. Thierry Dupuis said Tuesday. "We want members of this community to know that we deal with matters such as this head on. We hold ourselves accountable and will do what it takes to regain and maintain the public trust."
Hill is set to appear in Chesterfield County General District Court on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
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