Ex-Eastpointe detective gets probation in misconduct case

Timothy Stopczynski had been facing 5-years in prison for taking items from evidence locker, distributing them for cash

Published On: Feb 26 2013 11:15:00 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 26 2013 06:01:36 PM EST
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. -

A former Eastpointe Police detective convicted of stealing seized items from an evidence locker and distributing them for cash and drugs has been sentenced to probation.

Detective Timothy Stopczynski was charged with one count of misconduct in office, five-year felony, and one count of embezzlement by an agent or trustee less than $20,000.

The embezzlement charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.

He was sentenced Tuesday to a year of probation and credit for spending one day in jail.

Stopczynski, 41, allegedly took tires, rims, slot machines, watches, and other items from the Eastpointe Police forfeiture shed and given them to a former confidential informant to fence for drugs and money.

Stopczynski served with the Eastpointe Police Department for 14 years. He resigned from the force in the wake of this investigation. 

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