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Former Tempe officer sentenced to 90 days in jail for theft

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Aaron Smith Aaron Smith
TEMPE, Ariz. -

A former Tempe police officer, who was accused of stealing from the department, learned his punishment Friday.

Aaron Smith was sentenced to 90 days in jail, three years probation and was ordered to to pay more than $18,000 in restitution. In court, he spoke out on his regret of what he did.

"Not a day goes by. Not a minute not a second goes by before the guilt overcomes me. I did something wrong and I take full responsibility for it," said Smith. "Am I sorry, yes I am. I just want the people to know that I am sorry for losing their trust."

Smith pleaded guilty to theft. He claimed he was having financial troubles after injuring himself. 

"I asked for help, I pleaded with them. I cried on them asking for help and nobody would help. This is not my character to do this, it never was," he said.

But the judge had this to say: "It is no excuse that someone else didn't help you during your time of need. To steal from the public. It is the public, it is not the department because the department belongs to the public."

He was arrested last summer when police investigated the disappearance of two bicycles and later found them at Smith's home. He also took some cash and a GPS unit.

Smith also has to pay $18,616 in restitution. Most of that is for the overtime Tempe Police had to pay the investigating officers.

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