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Maricopa police detective arrested after theft probe

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Maricopa police Det. Jose Lizarraga (Source: Maricopa Police Department) Maricopa police Det. Jose Lizarraga (Source: Maricopa Police Department)
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FLORENCE, AZ (CBS5) -

A Maricopa police detective has been arrested on charges of theft, forgery, attempted money laundering and tampering with public records.

Jose Lizarraga, 45, was apprehended Tuesday and questioned about the theft of $1,300 while on duty on April 7, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said. 

After the theft occurred, Lizarraga threw the money out of his department issued vehicle, according to a court document.

The Pinal County attorney requested that PCSO launch an investigation into Lizarraga. Deputies said they discovered various irregularities with the detective's activities while on duty.

PCSO then asked the FBI to help. The Maricopa Police Department was informed and continues to fully cooperate.

After being questioned, Lizarraga was transported and processed into the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Adult Detention Center. He was also booked on charges of fraudulent schemes.

"Whenever a law enforcement officer allegedly uses their position for personal gain, it diminishes the public's trust for those who wear the badge proudly and serve the American people each day," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Douglas Price.

Lizarraga will make an initial appearance Wednesday at 10 a.m.

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