Officer Accused Of Forgery, Theft Formally Charged; Submits Retirement

A Springs police officer accused of theft and forgery was formally charged Thursday by the district attorney

James Butierres

A Springs police officer has submitted his letter of retirement on the same day he was formally charged with theft and forgery.

The charges came after the district attorney's office completed its review of the Colorado Springs Police Department's investigation.

The investigation began last month after the police department found reason to believe an employee was stealing. Sgt. James Butierres, 53, was taken into custody on April 25.

Court papers say Butierres, who oversaw the Motor Vehicle Theft Unit, submitted time cards for hours he never worked, and was paid for some of that time. Detectives used a GPS in Butierres' cop car to track when he was actually working and when his car was parked at his home.

Butierres' retirement is effective Friday. Had he not turned in his retirement, he would have been placed on administrative leave without pay.

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