Detroit Cop Suspended After Getting Caught Wearing Murder Victim’s Watch

City of Detroit Police vehicles parked in front of precinct April 17, 2014, in Detroit
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A murder victim’s expensive, German-made watch was found on a Detroit homicide sergeant, who has since been suspended, the Detroit News reports.

According to the report, Sgt. Alex Vinson was in charge of a case involving an unidentified murder victim who was wearing the fancy watch, police Chief James Craig confirmed.


According to police protocol, at the time that the man's body was discovered, the watch was photographed and stored with other property in the homicide section. Then the case went cold. However, while Vinson was in advanced police training in Idaho, other detectives decided to take a second look at the case—and the watch.

It was then that they realized the watch that was mixed in with the victim’s other items was not the same, but a cheaper replacement model.


"We were made aware of this a few nights ago and immediately initiated an internal investigation," Craig said, according to Detroit News. "We directed [Vinson] to return home."

Vinson was allegedly seen wearing the watch during the training session and was read his Miranda rights upon his return to Michigan, last week.


"The case in ongoing, and the sergeant has been suspended while we prepare a warrant for review by prosecutors," Craig said.

Read more at the Detroit News.

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