Macedon police officer arrested
Updated: Thursday, October 31 2013, 10:07 PM EDT
Macedon, N.Y. – A Macedon Police officer accused of removing evidence from the Macedon Police Department is facing more questions Thursday.
Macedon's Police Chief says the internal investigation on Officer Edward O’Konsky began when a fellow officer couldn't locate a cooler full of alcoholic “Jello shots” that was seized during a DWI arrest, earlier this month.
Also discovered missing from evidence: frozen meat that was confiscated in a shop-lifting arrest last year. O’Konsky was investigating the case and even spoke to 13WHAM News about it.
O’Konsky also served as president of the Macedon Association of Police Officers and money discovered missing from that account too.
The Times of Wayne County first broke this story on its website Wednesday night. The Times reports that investigators suspect O’Konsky stole approximately $2,200 from the Macedon Association of Police Officers over the course of a year.
Even 13WHAM’s media partners were impacted. The Times of Wayne County donated $200 to the Macedon Association of Police Officers union for a fundraising event, but this investigation revealed that money is now unaccounted for.
"Number one it jeopardizes cases,” Ron Holdraker, Editor of The Times of Wayne County said. “When evidence is supposed to be booked in and it doesn't get booked in or it disappears it jeopardizes the prosecution of the cases. So that's a real danger.”
O’Konsky was charged with Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree, Official Misconduct, Tampering with Physical Evidence (2 counts) and Petit Larceny.
He was arraigned and placed on unpaid suspension by the town board. He's one of only 6 full-time officers in Macedon. The department has 4 part-time officers.
More on this story when "The Times of Wayne County" hits newsstands on Saturday.