Credit and Debt
Ex-Arcadia officer gets jail for embezzling to buy motorcycle parts, cigars

A former Arcadia police officer who stole nearly $42,000 from a police association to buy item including cigars, clothing and motorcycle parts was sentenced Tuesday to 180 days in jail. Christian E. Blesch, 37, must also spend three years on probation and pay back the money he took to the Arcadia Police Officers Assn. Blesch, who was the organization's treasurer, must surrender to begin his jail sentence Nov. 5. In July, Blesch pleaded no contest to one count of grand theft by embezzlement. Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Geoffrey Rendon said Blesch began stealing funds from the association after being elected its treasurer in 2011. Blesch used the association’s credit...