TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A Tiverton police sergeant was arrested Wednesday after police say he stole gas from the town for his own personal use.
Following a weeks-long investigation, the Rhode Island State Police took Sgt. William R. Munroe into custody at his Fall River home around 7 a.m.
Police said they were contacted in October to assist with the investigation after Tiverton Police Chief Patrick Jones learned a member of his department may be stealing gasoline.
Detectives observed Munroe on multiple occasions fueling his police cruiser at the town’s gasoline pumps on Industrial Way. According to police, he would often fill a large gasoline container as well, which he would then pour into the tank of his personal vehicle parked at Tiverton police headquarters.
Rhode Island State Police Corporal Marc Alboum said it was difficult to pinpoint because they’re not sure exactly how much was put into the 5 gallon container each time he filled it up. But he did say the gas price was $2.68 per gallon.
Therefore, one can estimate that if the container was allegedly filled to the top each time, that would cost $13.40 for each alleged fill-up. Since there were 14 alleged incidents, that could be a maximum of $187.60 of taxpayer money.
Munroe, 55, pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of larceny under $1,500 at his arraignment Wednesday afternoon. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and is now on suspension with pay as the court case proceeds.