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POLICE VETERAN INDICTED IN CASH THEFT

Robert Kilpatrick, 49, a former vice squad investigator, has been indicted on charges of stealing more than $53,000 in police funds.

A Monroe County grand jury indicted him Friday on two counts of grand larceny and one count of official misconduct. He is accused of using his authority to remove money from the police department property clerk's room between May 24, 1989, and Sept. 24, 1990.

In a statement attached to the indictment, Kilpatrick, a 19-year police veteran, admitted the thefts and said he used the money to play state lottery games. U.S. Attorney Dennis Vacco said he believes the investigation of Kilpatrick led indirectly to the arrest of former Police Chief Gordon F. Urlacher on charges of embezzling more than $150,000, reportedly by making an aide to Urlacher nervous enough to turn in his boss.

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