Former undersheriff who stole 73 guns avoids prison
By Chris Eger
After retiring from the state police, Carroll worked for Otsego County, where he oversaw sending surplus guns from evidence to the incinerator. (Photo: OCSD)
A New York man who for years added guns from a sheriff’s department evidence room to his collection and was caught a decade after the fact will not go prison.
Arnold Bruce Carroll, 75, of Maryland, New York, on Wednesday was sentenced to 150 hours of community service, a fine of $10,000 and two concurrent five-year periods of probation by a U.S. District Court judge.
According to court documents, Carroll was a long-time and respected law enforcement officer, taking the civil service exam in 1967 then working as a patrol officer and firearms instructor for the New York State Police for 26 years. After retiring from the state, he went to work for Otsego County, first as a DWI coordinator then accepting an appointment as the Undersheriff, which he held for another 14 years. Part of his job with the county was to destroy surplus firearms from the evidence locker.
Between 1995 and 2007 when he retired for the second time, Carroll diverted 73 firearms from evidence and marked them as destroyed, transferring them to his personal collection.
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