Former East Haven police officer arrested
10, 2012 3:55 PM
EDT Updated: May
10, 2012 5:14 PM
By WFSB Staff
EAST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -
A former East Haven police officer has been arrested for allegedly stealing money from the department's evidence room.
State police said Michael D'Amato, 51, turned himself into detectives at Troop E in Montville Thursday.
Police said at the time of the alleged theft, D'Amato was working as a detective assigned to the department's youth division. The case was investigated by police working in conjunction with the office of the chief state attorney in Rocky Hill.
Police believe he stole more than $1,300 that was seized during a March 2011 arrest.
D'Amato, who received a public safety award from the Rotary Club of East Haven, was employed by the department for decades.
D'Amato's neighbor George Carbone was shocked by allegations.
"I don't understand it. Mike is a real nice guy. I can't believe it," he said.
D'Amato has been the subject of two civil lawsuits, one filed by someone he arrested in 2004 and another brought on by the victim of domestic violence claiming he didn't do enough to protect her.
In a prepared statement, East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo said "the mayor's office will continue to work with the police department for the residents of the Town of East Haven to ensure the highest quality service of our police department. "
He's scheduled to appear at New Haven Superior Court on May 17.
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