ASHLAND, WI–A longtime Ashland police officer has left the department after allegedly stealing a vehicle.
According to the Ashland Police Department, they received a report of a stolen vehicle around 5:43 a.m. on April 28th. It was apparently taken from the 100 block of 7th Avenue East in Ashland.
Later that day, the owner located the undamaged vehicle parked in front of a local convenience store, and notified police.
Officers collected DNA and evidence from the vehicle before returning it back to the owners. They also collected survelliance video from the convenience store.
After reviewing the video on May 1, police determined the suspect was an Ashland Police Officer.
Due to conflict of interest, the Ashland Police Department reports they stopped investigating, and handed the case over to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office.
The officer was suspended and an internal investigation began.
On Tuesday, the Iron County Sheriff’s completed its investigation.
The Ashland Police Chief would not comment on if the Sheriff’s Department presented any findings to the police. He said any formal charges would be filed by the Iron County Sheriff’s Department.
The Iron County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday.
The officer has since retired from the Ashland Police Department. The chief declined to name the officer.