D.C. Officer Accused of Stealing From Evidence Room

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    D.C. Metropolitan Police Department headquarters

    A D.C. police officer was arrested Thursday for stealing from the evidence room where he worked, D.C. police announced.

    Officer Rodney Williams, a 24-year veteran with the force, has been charged with second degree theft.

    A tip from a MPD employee launched the investigation into Williams, authorities said. According to investigators, Williams took property from the Evidence Control Branch while on duty. 

    Police did not say what Williams allegedly stole.

    The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

    Last week, District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier addressed concerns over recent police misconduct.

    In the span of a month, one MPD officer was accused of taking semi-nude pictures of a 15-year-old runaway and another was charged with running a prostitution ring using teenage girls. A third was indicted on an attempted murder charge, accused of striking his wife in the head with a light fixture.

    Police department figures show that more than 100 officers have been arrested in the past five years, but Lanier said she didn't believe the problem was any worse than in other big-city police departments.

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