Stealing from co-workers seems a surefire way for a thief to get caught -- especially if those co-workers are trained investigators.
But that's exactly what a Pennsylvania State Police civilian employee based at the York station did, according to her charging documents.
Christina Ann Beverly, 34, of 5405 Fifth Ave. in Upperco, Md., is charged with theft by unlawful taking and theft by failure to make required disposition.
The station clerk/typist was in charge of the station's coffee fund, according to charging documents, which allege the thefts happened between Jan. 1 and July 23 at the 110 Trooper Court station in Loganville.
Beverly collected money from co-workers to buy Keurig-brand coffee K Cups and was supposed to deposit the money into the station's canteen fund, police said.
In May, she collected $130 from three troopers at the barracks, documents state.
"It was a voluntary activity and the supervisor had instructed her to route the monies through the station's official canteen-fund checking account rather than through her personal checking account," Lt. Frederick Hess, station commander, said. "She disregarded that instruction and funneled the monies through her personal checking account in order to complete the theft."
Coffee order: Beverly entered into an agreement with an office-supply business to buy the coffee cups on behalf of her co-workers, and ordered 71 boxes of K Cups for a total of $706.45, according to police.
However, she never paid the business and never returned the money she collected from the three troopers, charging documents allege.
In late June, one of the three troopers told Beverly's supervisor he hadn't received his coffee order, which is when an investigation was begun.
When troopers checked the station's canteen fund, they learned Beverly had not deposited any money into it, police said.
They also learned from the office-supply business that Beverly had failed to send in payment, despite five invoices being sent to her, documents allege.
When questioned on July 24, Beverly said she'd mailed a check to the business on July 11, police said. That check was never received, police said.
Missing copy: She showed investigators her checkbook to back up her claim, but what police noticed was that the carbon copy of the check Beverly supposedly wrote for the coffee was missing -- and it was the only carbon copy missing from her checkbook, according to charging documents.
Beverly resigned from Pennsylvania State Police on Aug. 16, according to Maria Finn, the agency's press secretary.
She was hired in March 2005 as a police communications operator and in May 2009 was named the York station clerk/typist, Finn said.
A phone number for Beverly could not be obtained, and it was unclear whether she has retained an attorney.
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 29. The charges against her were filed Aug. 1 in the office of District Judge Jeff Joy.
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