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Veteran cop pleads not guilty to stealing department money

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A veteran northwest suburban police officer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to paying for thousands of dollars of gasoline with police department funds, the News-Sun is reporting.

Kenneth Rydz, 41, was placed on paid administrative earlier this summer after the Lake County State's Attorney's office approved felony charges.

The veteran of the Round Lake Beach Police Department pleaded not guilty to several counts of theft, one count of official misconduct and count of ID theft, all felonies.

According to Round Lake Beach police, prosecutors were called to investigate afteran audit showed Rydz made unauthorized transactions on a police department account, including the purchase of up to $3,700 worth of gasoline.

The thefts allegedly occurred from March 2013 to May 2014. Rydz used other employees' identification numbers to make the purchases, according to Assistant State's Attorney Fred Day.

Lake County Judge Mark Levitt set a status hearing for Sept. 18.

Rydz was known in the community for his work with the department's dog, Gunnar. When the German shepherd retired from the police force last year, village officials praised the two for their work on both criminal cases and within the community.

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