Troy cop pleads not guilty to stealing $6,200 from PBA

June 12, 2018 06:21 PM

TROY - As a veteran detective, it's likely Aaron Collington testified in court countless time during his decades-long career with the Troy Police Department. Tuesday, however, the 49-year-old was the defendant and pleaded not guilty to grand larceny.

Legal filings indicate Aaron Collington took $6,200 of PBA money - the union he led as president for a year - to pay rent at his home in Nassau.  After the union realized the money was missing - when opening a new account at a different bank - members voted unanimously to prosecute.  Documents from Collington's October arrest indicate the detective first took money months early to pay parking tickets, but that money was returned. As union president, he had access to $150,000.

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NewsChannel 13 first covered Collington when video of him went viral for participating in a pickup basketball game with kids in Troy.  Collington also made news for delivering Christmas gifts to Unity House on behalf of the Police Athletic League.

A spokesman with the City says Collington is on leave but still being paid until the case is adjudicated.  Public records list the veteran cop's salary at close to $80,000.

A hearing is scheduled for June 25.  If convicted, Collington faces 1-7 years in prison.


WNYT Staff

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