Bay City police officers accused of alleged theft resign - WNEM TV 5

Bay City police officers accused of alleged theft resign

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Three public safety officers, who were placed on paid administrative leave last month pending criminal and internal investigations, have resigned.

That information is according to Jason Gower, the attorney of the man who accused the officers of stealing his property.

Bay City Police Chief Michael Cecchini said the officers were placed on leave a few days after the incident on May 2. The officers had been on leave for about seven weeks.

Cecchini wouldn't go into specifics when he spoke to TV5 last week, but stated that the officers - Brian K. Ritchey, Don Aldrich and Keath B. Bartynski - were not responding to a call.

A citizen filed the initial complaint against the officers at the Bay County Sheriff's Department. Two other sheriff's departments conducted the criminal investigation into the incident, and an internal investigation is also ongoing.

The internal investigation was expected to be completed by the end of last week, but now that the men have resigned, that case has been closed.

According to MLive, the criminal investigation was completed and the Bay County prosecutor is asking the Michigan Attorney General's office to review the case.

Stay with and TV5 as more is learned about this situation.

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