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04/10/2013 10:05 am ET Updated Jun 10, 2013

Jerry Hardesty, Canton Police Officer, Charged With Stealing Department Rifle

(CANTON, Mich.) -- A Canton police officer accused of stealing a department rifle was arraigned on three federal charges on Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Lt. Jerry Hardesty, 55, faces charges of larceny of a firearm, receiving and concealing stolen property and felony firearm. Hardesty, a 24-year veteran on the force, has been placed on administrative leave and faces up to 17 years in prison should he be found guilty of all three charges.

Canton police noticed that they were missing a gun from their inventory in February, and an investigation involving the help of Michigan State Police found that Hardesty had taken the rife. Officials have not said what type of rifle it was, other than that it was for SWAT team use.

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