Former Atlanta transit cop pleads guilty to stealing and pawning highly sensitive police equipment

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An ex-Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority police officer has pleaded guilty to stealing $26,000 worth of equipment, and selling it at pawn shops throughout Clayton County.

The officer, Christopher Heggs, 40, a 12-year veteran of the force, resigned in February 2007 after being suspected of making unauthorized departmental purchases. A later investigation showed that he had stolen highly sensitive pieces of tactical equipment including ammunition, high-capacity weapon magazines, night vision binoculars and laser sights.

Heggs pleaded guilty to eighteen counts and was sentenced to five years, although he will serve only one in prison. He agreed to voluntarily surrender his MARTA pension to pay restitution for the stolen goods.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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