A retired Portland police patrol sergeant has been indicted on felony theft charges, the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.
Bruce Chase, 62, of Naples was indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury on three Class B felony theft charges, one Class C felony theft charge and one misdemeanor charge of misuse of entrusted property.
Portland police said Chase is alleged to have taken $158,000 from a family member while he had the power of attorney to manage her money.
They said the thefts allegedly took place between 2009 and this year.
Police said Chase turned himself in Friday at the Cumberland County Jail and was released after posting $1,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court June 11.
A statement issued Friday by the city on behalf of the Portland police said Chase was a public safety officer with the department from 1980-82 and became a police officer in 1982. He retired in good standing as a sergeant in 2000.
The investigation against Chase was conducted by Portland police, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
In a brief statement late Friday, the city’s spokeswoman noted that none of the conduct for which Chase faces charges occurred while he was with the department. Jessica Grondin said the city would issue no further comment on Chase or his arrest.
Attempts to reach Chase were unsuccessful on Friday.
If convicted, Chase faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the Class B felony charges, up to five years on the Class C felony and up to one year on the misdemeanor charge.
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