DC police officer arrested on theft charge

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WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police say an officer who worked in the evidence control branch has been charged with theft.

Police said Friday that Rodney Williams, who has been with the department since 1990, was arrested while on duty Thursday. He faces a charge of second-degree theft.

Police say the arrest stemmed from a tip from a police department employee to the department's internal affairs division.

It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier appeared at a D.C. Council hearing last week to discuss the recent high-profile arrests of several officers, including on charges involving child pornography. She also spoke about the department's efforts to weed out problematic officers.

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