HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A Connecticut state trooper is free on $5,000 bond after being accused of stealing $3,000 in cash and jewelry from the victim of a deadly motorcycle accident.

Trooper Aaron Huntsman, 43, of Middletown is charged with larceny, interfering with police and tampering with  evidence.

Investigators said Huntsman responded to a fatal motorcycle accident on Route 15 in Fairfield on Sept. 22.

John Scalesse of Orange was killed in the wreck.

John Scalesse/Obituary Photo

John Scalesse/Obituary Photo

The victim’s family told police that they couldn’t account for some of Scalesse’s personal belongings including cash, jewelry and clothing.

State police conducted an investigation and found the jewelry, which they determined had not been logged into evidence by the trooper who led the investigation, police said.

A large amount of cash was also found in Huntsman’s police cruiser, authorities said.

Huntsman, an 18-year veteran of the state police, has been suspended from the force.

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