Ex-Wisconsin Capitol Police officer stole, sold painting, officials say

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Monday, February 8, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (WLS) -- A former Wisconsin Capitol Police officer is accused of stealing and selling a state-owned painting by Wisconsin artist Aaron Bohrod.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports 32-year-old Travis Sackett of Tempe, Arizona, was charged Friday with theft and misconduct in public office. He's scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

According to the complaint, Sackett was a Capitol Police officer from March 2009 to February 2011. He worked nights at the governor's mansion in Maple Bluff.

A Bohrod painting called "Gold Fantasy Box" was discovered missing from storage at the residence last month and recovered from a Connecticut art dealer. The complaint says the painting was sold in February 2011.

A state employee tracked the missing painting down on the Internet. It's unclear if Sackett has an attorney who could comment.