His dash cam did him in.
A crooked Connecticut cop caught by his dash cam stealing more than $8,000 in cash and jewelry off a mangled motorcycle crash victim is facing prison after pleading guilty Wednesday.
State trooper AJ Huntsman, 45, was facing 10 years for the theft, but was likely to get just 16 months in jail and five years” probation when he”s sentenced on Oct. 3, the Connecticut Post reported.
Prosecutors said Huntsman lifted $3,700 in cash and a $5,000 gold chain from crash victim John Scalesse and later lied to supervisors and the dead man”s family about having the loot.
Huntsman rejected two plea bargains before agreeing to plead guilty to third-degree larceny and tampering with evidence.
He was set to be sentenced one day before Scalesse”s 52nd birthday, the Post said.
Scalesse, 49, was fatally injured when his motorcycle crashed into a construction truck on a road in Fairfield at around midnight on Sept. 22, 2012.
Huntsman, a 19-year vet, was the first cop on the scene.
As medics loaded the unconscious man into an ambulance, a fireman noticed a large bulge in his pocket, cut his pants open, and found an inch-thick wad of cash, authorities said.
Scalesse, who ran a masonry company, had spent the day eating and drinking at the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy, and friends later told cops they saw him paying tabs with billfold filled with 100s.
Huntsman, who was at the back of the ambulance with another trooper, volunteered to take the cash “as evidence,” according to the affidavit posted on CTPost.com.
Later, he pocketed a blood-stained gold chain he found on the ground near the crash site, authorities said.
That night, Huntsman and another trooper went to Scalesse”s mother”s home to tell her what happened and turned over Scalesse”s ID, a pistol permit and cell phones – but not the cash or the chain.
In the coming weeks, Scalesse”s father, who knew his son always carried around $4,000 in cash on him, contacted police and firemen to ask about the money and the chain, the affidavit said.
He even spoke to Huntsman directly, who told him any wallet or money would have ended up with the “ambulance crew,” the affidavit said.
Questioned by supervisors, Huntsman admitted to taking the chain, saying he”d forgotten it was in his car, but played dumb about the money, authorities said.
Investigators later reviewed Huntsman”s dash cam, which showed him taking the money from the fireman inside the ambulance and saying, “I”ll take it as evidence.”
They eventually searched his car and found the wad, held together with a rubber band, under his front seat.
During the investigation, Huntsman checked into a substance abuse program to treat an addiction to pain meds.
He left court smiling Wednesday, and refused to comment, according to the Post.
To protect and steal your stuff? 19 years a policeman and I wonder what other crimes he has committed?