A Colorado Springs Police officer has been charged with theft and forgery.
According to reports from the Colorado Springs Police Department, they began an investigation into internal checks and balances. Officials say this revealed a possible employee theft. As a result, a criminal investigation began and police say they had probable cause to arrest one of their own.
The arrest stems from time, labor issues and funds associated with a Motor Vehicle Theft grant.
This afternoon, Sergeant James Butierres was taken into custody and charged with felony theft and felony forgery.
Butierres was responsible for overseeing the Motor Vehicle Theft Unit and grant funds associated with this position. He has been placed on Administrative Leave with pay.
The case will be sent to the District Attorney's Office for formal charges. If and when felony charges are filed, the Administrative Leave will be without pay.
This is an active investigation and CSPD officials say no more information will be released at this time.
Butierres is a 30-year veteran of the Springs police department.