Carlsbad Police Officer Arrested for Burglary

Michael Koch, 44, is suspect of taking narcotics from property impounds

A Carlsbad police officer is under investigation on suspicion of burglary.

The arrest of Michael Koch, 44, was described as a “tremendous disappointment” to the force by Carlsbad Police Chief Gary Morrison who confirmed the arrest in a written statement Sunday night.

On Jan. 19 Koch was suspected of taking narcotics from the police department’s property impound, according to police. Numerous police employees were listed as witnesses in the case.

The department launched an investigation as a result of Koch’s arrest.

Koch was subsequently arrested with a bail of $25,000. He posted bail on Jan. 20.

“Our goal as a department is to be open and transparent within the parameters of the law,” the chief said.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

A case has been filed against Koch with the San Diego County District Attorney's office.

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