GREENVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina police officer is accused of stealing money from a car he searched during an investigation.

Greenville police told local media outlets that 23-year-old officer Alec Smith is charged with misdemeanor larceny.

According to a news release, Smith and four other officers were called to a motel on Nov. 5 to investigate potential drug activity and had received consent to search a room and a car. No drug activity was found, but the car owner called police that night to report that $60 had been stolen. All officers participating in the search were wearing body cameras, and a review of the footage led to Smith as a suspect.

Smith is on administrative leave without pay. Chief Mark Holtzman said his job status could change once investigations are complete.

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