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Chesterfield officer charged with embezzlement

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Joshua Hill is charged with embezzlement after investigators say he stole jewelry from a woman having a medical emergency. 

It happened in February, but police says they just found out about it because a family friend came asking for the missing jewelry. Four months later, police are getting some answers about what they say happened- and it means one of their own could face jail. 

Joshua Hill was hired back in 2009 to serve and protect. Now, the Chesterfield officer faces felony charges. Police say Joshua Hill took jewelry from a victim- and instead of turning it in, kept it- and sold it. 

Police say they did get the jewelry back after a quick investigation. It was sold to a pawn shop in the Tri-cities. 

"We hold ourselves accountable and will do what it takes to regain and maintain the public's trust. It's important for you to know that we vigorously investigate any complaints against our own and hold officers accountable," said Col. Thierry Dupuis, Chief of Police. 

In fact, police say Hill faces two investigations- one through the police department and one for the courts. 

"This is not the norm and I hope people understand that," Dupuis said. "Our police officers are extremely good. They are held to a very high standard. There is no lee-way when it comes to integrity. We take it very seriously. We hope that our community understands and they don't judge us based on this one incident." 

Police say Hill is technically still an employee though he's on leave. They'll decide what happens to his job after the investigation. The chief says it is standard procedure for officers to turn in anything they collect by end of shift for proper logging and that Hill broke that rule, and many more. 

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