Veteran IMPD lieutenant suspended, recommended for termination

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Metro police say one of their own faces charges after "a self-initiated investigation" by their Special Investigations Unit.

In a written release, IMPD said Lt. George Crooks "has been suspended without pay with a recommendation to the Civilian Police Merit Board of his termination of employment."

A 31-year police veteran, Crooks' most recent assignment was supervisor overseeing IMPD’s property room. Crooks worked with the Marion County Sheriff's Department prior to its merger with IPD in 2007.

A source told Eyewitness News that a gold coin came up missing. The coin was being held for forfeiture.

The coin was logged in to the property room earlier this summer. Sources tell Eyewitness News Lt. Crooks shared with another employee he wanted the coin when it was logged in and he allegedly took the coin and left a $20 bill in its place.

Sources also tell Eyewitness News Crooks thought his co-worker would stay quiet, although he has been under investigation since August.

IMPD confirmed late Friday that charges have been submitted to the prosecutor. IMPD Chief Bryan Roach made this statement:

As a result of a self-initiated criminal investigation conducted by the IMPD Special Investigations Unit, formal charges have been submitted to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office for Lieutenant George Crooks. George Crooks has been suspended without pay with a recommendation to the Civilian Police Merit Board of his termination of employment with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Crooks is a 31-year veteran of the police department and last served as a supervisor overseeing IMPD’s property room. The men and women of IMPD remain committed to upholding the policies, values and mission of the IMPD. It is our goal that this expectation is reflected through legitimacy and trust built between our officers and the community we serve.

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