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East Greenbush police officer accused of possessing stolen property

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EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (WRGB) - A local police officer is charged with possession of stolen property as part of an investigation by the state Attorney General's office.

That stolen property? Razors, dish detergent pods, and air fresheners.

"We were very much taken by surprise," said East Greenbush Police Chief Chris Lavin.

An unusual situation - that's Lavin describes the arrest of one of his officers following an investigation by the Attorney General's office into the stolen property found in Officer Warren Kretzschmar's home, as noted in court documents.

"We don't know the circumstances. We're very concerned that an officer in the department would be in the possession of anybody else's property," Lavin said.

Lavin says there's zero tolerance for it, regardless of the bizarre circumstances.

"No matter who they belong to, if they don't belong to Warren Kretzschmar, he shouldn't have been in possession of them," Lavin said.

CBS 6 knocked on the officer's door on Wednesday but got no answer. He's been placed on administrative leave and the department is conducting an internal investigation.

Lavin says Kretzschmar has been on the force for 15 years. He has no knowledge of why the stolen property warranted an investigation by the AG's office, where the items came from, or why the officer had them.

"Warren is known as a treasure hunter," Lavin said.

Lavin says Kretzschmar's hobby is traveling with a metal detector, searching for lost coins and jewelry, and selling at flea markets. But he, of course, can't say this has anything to do with that hobby, and he believes the investigation will get to the bottom of it.

"Public officials especially police officers are held to a higher standard," Lavin said.

State Police made the arrest but wouldn't provide a comment, referring CBS 6 to the AG's office, who declined to comment calling this an ongoing matter.

Kretzschmar is due in court on September 27.

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