Ex-Cheshire cop charged with stealing from union

Cheshire (AP) - A former Cheshire police officer was charged Thursday with stealing nearly $50,000 from the police union he served as president and vice president.

Prosecutors said 43-year-old Robert A. Anderson Jr. of Wilton was charged with two counts of first-degree larceny.

The warrant alleges Anderson stole more than $22,000 through automated teller machine withdrawals and about $27,400 through debit card transactions from the union's bank accounts.

Union officers are volunteers, according to the warrant.

Anderson resigned from the Cheshire Police Department last September. A message left at a possible phone number for Anderson was not immediately returned.

Anderson was released on $100,000 bond. He will be arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Jan. 17.

Anderson faces up to 20 years in prison on each count if convicted, authorities said.

The investigation by the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney stemmed from a complaint filed last year by Cheshire Police Chief Neil Dryfe and leaders of the police union. The bureau is continuing its investigation into the suspected theft of union funds, prosecutors said.

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