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Greenburgh cop trashed house, harassed wife, police say

NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER: Investigators say officer Richard Barros made troubling phone calls to his wife. (Nov. 23, 2012)

A 35-year-old Greenburgh police officer was charged with two misdemeanors Thursday after he reportedly trashed his house and made phone calls that alarmed his wife, police said.

About 2 a.m. Thursday, Greenburgh police and the Hartsdale Fire Department responded to a report of potentially hazardous smoke at the Moore Street home of Richard A. Barros, Greenburgh police Lt. Brian Ryan said in a statement.

Barros told fellow officers he was unaware that the chimney flue was closed when he lit a Duraflame log in the fireplace, police said. While at the home, officers determined that Barros had damaged bedroom furniture, lamps and glass frames throughout the house.

"It is further alleged that Barros made numerous telephone calls to his spouse, the nature of which caused her alarm and concern," Ryan said.

Barros was arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree aggravated harassment, misdemeanors.

He was released on his own recognizance after being arraigned Thursday in Greenburgh Town Court. In addition, he was taken off duty pending the outcome of the case.

Information about Barros' legal representation was unavailable Thursday.

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