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State worker, Phoenix policeman arrested for stealing guns, cash

(MCSO Photos)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix police officer and his wife, also in public service, have been arrested and charged with stealing guns and cash from the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety said Thursday that Michael Maya and Autumn Maya, with the DES, were taken into custody the previous day.

Autumn Maya, 39, faces multiple counts of trafficking stolen property, fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and forgery.

Michael Maya, 45, was charged with conspiracy, trafficking stolen property and money laundering.

A police department spokesman said paperwork had begun to fire Maya. He has been on the force for about 24 years.

DPS accused the couple of pawning handguns and body cameras.

Autumn Maya had been with DES since 2016. Last year year, her name came up in a firearms audit report of missing ammunition. The department has its own security force.

The report said that Autumn Maya coordinated and kept track of the training and that there was a discrepancy between how much ammunition should have been in inventory and what was reported.

DPS found the audit had over-reported the number of rounds and concluded that Maya’s predecessors hadn’t set up proper procedures to create accurate training records, leaving her to rely on whatever the employee testing said they had shot.

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