Connecticut State Trooper Arrested after Caught on Camera Stealing Money from Dead Man

Connecticut State Trooper Aaron Huntsman was arrested after he was caught on camera taking at least $3,700 from a dead man and not reporting it (photo via Connecticut Post)


Knowing he was being audio and video recorded, a Connecticut State Trooper boldly took at least $3,700 in cash from a man who had died in a motorcycle accident, claiming it was “evidence,” but then acting as if he knew nothing about it when confronted three times by the victim’s father.

Trooper Aaron Huntsman also took a gold chain valued at $5,500, neglecting to include it in the victim’s personal belongings that he returned to the man’s family, later claiming he had forgotten all about it.

As a result, Huntsman was arrested on several felonies last month.

The 15-page arrest warrant goes into great detail at the evidence mounted against Huntsman, which includes witness statements as well as the audio recording from a device he was wearing on his uniform and the video from his own dash cam.

It also reveals that one of the main witnesses, Connecticut State Trooper Mark DiCocco, was evasive when initially confronted by investigators about witnessing Huntsman taking the money, saying he had no recollection about that moment.

But then DiCocco urged investigators to check out the dash cam video from Huntsman’s car to find their evidence, pointing to the specific frame where he refused to accept the money from a paramedic in the back of an ambulance, which was when Hunstman stepped in and took it as evidence.

A month after taking the money, investigators sat down with Huntsman and interrogated him about the missing cash, in which he denied any knowledge about it. He finally admitted to the possibility of taking it when confronted with the video, but still insisting he had no recollection in doing so.

The following day, investigators searched his patrol car and found $3,700 in a bundle under the seat. He was arrested more than a month later.



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  • Rail Car Fan

    Are cops really that stupid..!!..? Never mind. I already know the answer to that question.

    Even when the cops know they’re being video taped by their own squad car equipment they STILL go ahead and break the law.

    And those on here who think “Cops Can Do NO Wrong” wonder why cops are hated so much.

    Rail Car Fan

    • Boomer

      Rail Car, my friend,

      I agree with your comments, and I have one other to add that sends chills down my spine every time I think about it. I’m sure you remember the enraged comments from Canton, Ohio officer Daniel Harless to the CCW permit holder he was arresting, and the prior commentary he made when arresting occupants of a truck, and the comments he made in contacting someone at a convenience store. They were all documented by his dashboard camera and his body microphone. They clearly indicate that Harless evidenced very disturbing behavior over a lengthy period of time. The reasons for that are murky, but the evidence of it is crystal clear.
      What’s also clear, at least to me, is that no one ever looked – even in a cursory review – at those tapes to check up on the behavior from Harless. Thanks to our friend Carlos, and other brave individuals like HonorYourOath, and yourself, I’ve seen and heard disturbing behavior by LEO’s, which only came to the attention of authorities after someone raised an issue. No one ever seems to look over this video and audio, just to make sure the LEO’s aren’t out of line, or unhinged, or even actively doing their jobs.
      I wonder how many departments *do* have someone look at that information. I’d have to think there aren’t many, if there are any at all. No wonder Huntsman didn’t have any problem stealing the money and the gold, he never thought anyone would look.
      I’m with you. Anyone who wonders why people hate cops should look at this closely for a complete example.


  • Bret

    Look, he’s a very busy man. He can’t be expected to remember every victim he steals from. That is just unreasonable. I think it is only fair to accept his explanation that he simply forgot that he stole from this particular dead man. I bet there were at least two or three other dead men that he stole from that week. Who could keep track of such a thing?

  • Virtualfrog

    I was just holding it in my patrol car for safe keeping untill he got back.

  • Luc

    After knowing he was under investigation he probably put the cash under his seat in an attempt of plausible dependability of guilt. “It must have fallen under the seat, and I forgot about it” defense.

  • tinynot

    that stupid and more, moron is what i call it. and morons have guns and badges, the world is so fucked up! PERIOD!

    • tinynot

      oh ya, morons enforcing the LAW, does it get better then that?

      • Artor

        Morons writing the law?

  • IO_IO

    Any bets on if the Police Union will provide him a lawyer and then file a grievance on getting his job back? He just needs some additional training and the policies and procedures were not sufficiently clear – as well as poorly written… Hope he get convicted and then placed out in the general population at the state pen. We could all send him a bar of soap on a rope, so that he would not make the mistake of dropping the soap while in the shower.

    • gene

      Ah prison rape. Always a class act.

  • Steven Sharpe

    With so many civilians being plea bargained out on a gun
    charge (long stay in prison) instead of a drug charge or any other charges,
    Will this LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER get extra charges of having a firearm in the
    commission of a felony added to his list of charges or are they going let that
    one slide because of the lengthy time he would be getting automatically?

    I believe I read that anyone policing the police are
    considered a terrorist, go figure.

    • dcrasta

      Thats an excellent point. In Washington DC, commiting a felony while armed is a mandatory sentence. In VA, commiting a felony while armed can results in additional charges for each bullet. This officer commited this crime while armed, and should be facing additional charges (IMHO).

      • ExCop-Lawyer

        Possession of a firearm while committing an offense is almost always defined as the “unlawful” possession.

        I doubt that a firearm enhancement would stick.

        That said, many states have an enhancement for theft by a public servant, that typically bumps it up one degree (i.e., a third degree felony becomes a second degree felony, etc.).

  • Steven Sharpe

    $5,000.00 bond for someone that should be held to a higher standard then the general public. This Judge should be disbarred also.

    And no gun charge????

    Math lesson, He stole $3700 in cash and a 5500$ piece of jewerly = $9200 in theft. $5k is cheap

    • ExCop-Lawyer

      Law lesson.

      Bond is not punishment, it is solely to guarantee appearance.

      A $ 5K bond is in the appropriate range for that level of theft.

      • Memphomaniac

        You can’t reason with a few malcontents on here who hate Police. I am a retired Cop, and have seen a few Officers get canned for less. I think of my Dad, now 80. The Oldest, certified Police Officer in Tennessee. (He does civil warrants as Constable part-time.) I recall him going back to re-check a small car that was wrapped into a utility pole, on a rainy night. The driver…was missing! Turns out that the driver, was a classmate of mine. Dad found him under the back seat, in critical condition. That second look, and attention to PROFESSIONALISM, saved this young mans life. ANY profession has its share of losers. Hell, Bill Clinton was President!

        • ExCop-Lawyer

          Well said Phillip.

        • whatsyourpoint?

          Wow, you’re dad found the driver of a wrecked car….in the car. I’m assuming he made detective with that one?

        • Artor

          And yet these “good officers” overwhelmingly support & provide cover for the crooks and thugs they know to be operating in their own departments. I’m glad your dad was a good one. How often did he turn in his fellow cops when they stepped over the line?

        • Fotaugrafee

          So was George W. Bush, you stupid rebel.

          And no, sorry, the south will NOT be rising again during my lifetime.

        • Steven Sharpe

          Cop = Thief, cops will always stick up for their own it looks like. He was a bad cop stealing it as a retired cop, you should condemn him for what he did but you praise him instead. Gun, badge and all the power in the world and he became a thief.

      • Fotaugrafee

        “Solely to guarantee appearance”

        …most often, based on the nature of the crime.

        But this comes as no surprise from you ExCop-LawStudent, as you’ve proven to be nothing but an apologist for cops everywhere. Meh.

  • Tim S.

    Thats who I’d want coming to help me, NOT FIRE HIM & HIS PARTNER THEN PUT THEM BOTH IN JAIL!

  • Tim S.

    Thats who I’d want to come help me,NOT! FIRE THE ASS & HIS PARTNER THEN PUT THEM BOTH IN JAIL!

  • ssofcc

    My disgust is also with the judges who continuously take the words of these officers without hesitation or question. Have seen and heard too many outlandish testimonies from the police to know they, also, lie under oath. They have it pretty well down pat as to how to present their testimony as they are in court enough times. I just wonder how long it will be that people will tolerate it. My first year working in a courthouse and a police officer, jokingly, pulled a switchblade out and held it in front of me. Without missing a beat, I said, “That’s a switchblade and aren’t they illegal to have? What are you doing with it?” He answered, “I’ve been a cop for 15 years. You think I am going to throw it all away because I accidently kill a punk in a dark alley who looks like he had a gun?” I asked him, “You mean you’d put that down next to him?” “Hell yeah,” he replied. I hid my disgust. I was just 19 and that was my first lesson with law enforcement. It’s definitely gotten worse since then. I actually feel sorry for the good ones as they have to feel the pressure of not just the public’s view, but that within the police force for not “conforming” to the old boy network. Anyone remember Frank Serpico? He had to live in Holland for many years and is now back in the USA. The corruption is more rampant than you would like to believe. I believe psych evaluations should be given every two to three years given the nature of their job.

  • Bob

    This is why criminals on both sides of the thin blue lie Hate video.

  • Johnny oneye

    To catch a thief , you must act like one. Job security.

  • amerikagulag

    Just protecting and serving….his own interests.

  • Alex

    Update: Huntsman given a month to consider 1 year plea deal.