A police officer is often held to a higher standard than the average citizen.
That is why it can be surprising when an officer of the law is charged
with a crime such as
theft. This appears to be the situation that one Pennsylvania officer now finds
himself involved in.
The charges have been filed in connection to the alleged theft of money
from the police department's evidence storage room. The money is believed
to have been taken by the officer over more than a two-year period. The
funds were purportedly part of evidence collected from four separate criminal cases.
In addition, authorities have claimed that the man is believed to have
taken money from other cases, although he allegedly later used his own
funds to replace the missing amount. The total amount that the man is
accused of taking is more than $16,000. It was reported that the man was
stealing the money to fund a problem with gambling.
The 47-year-old Pennsylvania policeman has been on the force for almost
25 years. He was recently out on medical leave and his superior has now
placed him on suspension with the expectation that he is to be terminated.
This experienced officer has turned himself in as a result of these theft
and related charges. This man has the right to fight the charges brought
against him, or to attempt a plea agreement with prosecutors if they are
so inclined to offer one. Which choice will be the correct one in a given
case will depend upon the specific facts and evidence.
Source: articles.mcall.com, "Police officer charged with stealing cash from evidence likely to be fired", Steven Henshaw, April 25, 2014