DENVER --A body camera designed to help bust criminals instead ended up revealing a crooked cop. KDVR reports investigators reviewing a video recorded by a police officer discovered it showed him stealing cash from a crime scene.
Julian Archuleta, 48, was one of several Denver police officers on scene after a shooting suspect crashed his car back in October. He was wearing a police body camera and it shows Officer Archuleta searching the suspects clothing and car - all routine.
But then the officer finds cash in the car and the body cam video shows his actions next were anything but routine. He finds a stack of cash. The affidavit says there was a $100 bill on top. You can see it in the body cam video.
Then, Archuleta separates the one hundred dollar bill and several other bills from the stack. According to police reports, he then transfers the money to his other hand.
And when the body cam turns back to the seat, the stack of money is there, but this time it's a $1 bill on top and there are no large bills. Then, the body cam video shows Officer Archuleta shuffle some paperwork over the money, according to the affidavit, "in an attempt to conceal the cash."
Investigators eventually tallied the total money they found in the car - $118 - and no $100 bills. A detective reviewing the body cam video discovered the discrepancy.
When confronted by internal affairs, the affidavit says Archuleta handed in 12 $100 bills- $1,200 total - that he says "must have fallen into his bag."
Aruchuleta pleaded guilty to stealing and was sentenced to 18 months' probation. He immediately resigned after entering his plea.