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LAPD detective arrested on suspicion of grand theft

January 27, 2012 |  6:19 pm

A Los Angeles Police Department detective assigned to the gang and narcotics division was arrested Friday and charged with grand theft, the LAPD said.

Det. Ramon Alvarez, a 27-year veteran of the department, was involved in serving an arrest warrant Friday at a suspected narcotics location when a fellow detective saw him taking money from the site, according to a statement released by the department.

The detective immediately notified his supervisor, and Alvarez's vehicle was searched at the scene. Money believed to be the property of the drug suspect was found inside, according to the statement. Alvarez was arrested by the internal affairs criminal investigation division.

"I am extremely disturbed and shocked by the arrest, but heartened by the actions of the detective who immediately reported what appeared to be criminal behavior," said Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Bail was set at $20,000. Alvarez has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of both the criminal and administrative investigations.

"The arrest of an LAPD officer and a classmate is shocking and very disappointing," Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in a statement. "We expect law enforcement officers to hold themselves to the highest moral standards in their professional and personal lives, making the news doubly upsetting."

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