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Ex-Tempe police officer sentenced in theft case

PHOENIX -- A former Tempe police officer has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years' probation for stealing police property and cash.

Maricopa County prosecutors said Aaron Smith was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to one count of theft.

Smith was arrested in July after a monthlong internal investigation on suspicion of theft, burglary and tampering with physical evidence.

Police said they began to get reports of missing items early that month.

They said Smith had access to the areas where the property disappeared and his swing-shift hours matched up with when the items went missing.

Detectives found two stolen police bicycles when they served search warrants at Smith's home, vehicles and work locker.

Smith had been with Tempe police for 7 1/2 years and resigned after his arrest.

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