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Former Helena police officer faces theft charge

October 30, 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A former Helena police officer is charged with using $6,800 in funds from the Helena Police Protective Association to make personal purchases.

Court records say Tyler Wood is scheduled to plead guilty and be sentenced on Nov. 14. The hearing has been postponed twice. Wood declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Interim Police Chief Steve Hagen tells the Independent Record that Wood was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 12 and his employment ended on Sept. 6. He had been a school resource officer.

An investigation determined the thefts occurred between Feb. 1 and August while Wood served as the association’s treasurer.

The association’s vice president, Andrew Barton, told investigators that Wood apologized and said, “I’m unhappy with the choices I’ve made.”

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Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com