Chesterfield County Police have arrested and charged a Chesterfield County Police Department employee with felony embezzlement.
On Feb. 10, 2013, while on duty, Officer First Class Joshua J. Hill responded to a call for service. During this call for service, Hill came into possession of jewelry belonging to an individual who was taken to a local hospital for treatment. After keeping the jewelry for a period of time, Hill sold it and kept the proceeds.
Police became aware of the situation on June 4, when a friend of the individual's family attempted to recover the jewelry. Police immediately began an investigation.
On June 10, Hill, 34, was arrested and charged with felony embezzlement. The property has been recovered and police are making arrangements to return it to its rightful owner.
Hill is set to appear in Chesterfield County General District Court on Thursday, June 13, at 10:30 a.m.
Pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings, the Chesterfield County Police Department has placed Hill on administrative leave, in accordance with department policy.
"We are deeply saddened and embarrassed by the actions of this officer," Col. Thierry Dupuis said Tuesday. "We want members of this community to know that we deal with matters such as this head on. We hold ourselves accountable and will do what it takes to regain and maintain the public trust."