Sheriff: Deputy stole cash from evidence room
A York County deputy sheriff fired Tuesday is now accused of stealing more than $700 from the evidence room of the York County Sheriff's Office.
Troy Senft, who held the rank of sergeant when he was terminated, was the longtime quartermaster of the evidence room under Sheriff Richard Keuerleber and, before that, under former Sheriff Bill Hose, according to a news release.
Senft, 58, of the Mount Wolf area, is charged with the third-degree felony of hindering prosecution by concealing evidence and the misdemeanors of theft by unlawful taking, theft by failure to make required disposition, tampering with evidence, obstructing the administration of law and two counts of receiving stolen property.
He was arraigned Friday by District Judge Linda Williams and remains free on his own recognizance. Online court records don't list a preliminary hearing date.
Senft is accused of twice stealing cash from the evidence room, with the amount totaling $760, according to the sheriff's news release.
Keuerleber said the evidence room is used to store evidence in cases brought by the sheriff's office. It is not the evidence room that holds evidence in pending trials for criminal cases around the county, he confirmed.
Empty package: The missing money came to light April 27 when officials tried to retrieve evidence for a forfeiture order, according the release. When the evidence package was opened, it was discovered that the $710 inside was missing.
The sheriff said he immediately opened an internal investigation and asked the York County District Attorney's Office to investigate. Senft and three other deputies who were connected in some way to the case were placed on administrative leave the next day, according to the release.
Part of the sheriff's internal investigation involved investigating the other stored evidence. It was then discovered that $50 was missing from an evidence package — loose cash that a deputy found lying on the sidewalk outside the county judicial center in January, the release states.
It's believed there is no other money missing from the evidence room, Keuerleber confirmed.
Confessed: Senft was interviewed Tuesday by investigators with the DA's office and confessed to taking the missing money, according to the release. He was then fired.
Defense attorney Korey Leslie, who's representing Senft, acknowledged his client admitted to the thefts. But Leslie said he and Senft don't agree with all the charges lodged in the case.
"He has cooperated fully with the investigation," the attorney said.
Also on Tuesday, the other three deputies who'd been placed on administrative leave were cleared of wrongdoing and returned to duty Wednesday, according to the release. The sheriff said no one else is involved.
Keuerleber, in his news release, said he is "deeply disturbed" by Senft's alleged actions, and for violating the public's trust.
Changes underway: The sheriff said "corrective steps" are being taken within his office to ensure "that this does not ever happen again," he wrote.
"Please do not allow the dishonest betrayal of one of my former deputies to overshadow the professionalism and integrity of all who continue to serve the people of York County honorably and faithfully each and every day," Keuerleber wrote.
Senft was hired in September 1999, promoted to corporal in 2003 and promoted to sergeant in 2004, according to the release.
He also is the treasurer of the York County lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, the release states.
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