Darren Bent's cousin Richard Bent in Scotland yard anti-curruption probe

(left) Darren Bent (right) Richard Bent

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is helping police investigate allegations that his policeman cousin allegedly stole jewellery and cash from the homes of the dead.

Police also found valuables that were thought to be from PC Richard Bent’s office in central London when they raided his £350,000 flat, valuables the 28-year-old copper claims his football star cousin Darren bought him.

Angry at his cousin’s allegations, the Villa striker has pledged to help police with a Scotland Yard anti-curruption probe. A close source of the 28-year-old footballer told the Sun:

He is fuming at being dragged into this mess… Darren is from a law-abiding family who, apart from Richard’s job, rarely have dealings with the police… Richard is his cousin and friend, but now the allegation has been made it needs sorting out. Richard said Darren gave him the valuables

A spokesman from Scotland Yard said:

Officers from the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards arrested a male police officer on suspicion of theft from the Metropolitan Police Service on July 13, 2012. He was subsequently arrested in connection with a further count of theft. He has been bailed to return on October 10, 2012

The investigation into Bent’s case is also being lead by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.