Ex-York County deputy charged with theft

YORK, Pa. (WHTM)  – A York County deputy sheriff who was fired this week is accused of stealing more than $700 from a secured evidence room.

Troy Senft, 58, of Mount Wolf, confessed to taking $710 from evidence and another $50 in found cash, according to a news release Friday from York County Sheriff Richard Keuerleber.

Senft, a 16-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was terminated after admitting to the thefts Tuesday. He was charged Friday with a felony count of hindering apprehension or prosecution by concealing or destroying evidence. He also faces misdemeanor counts of theft, receiving stolen property, obstruction, and tampering with evidence, according to court records.

Keuerleber said an investigation began when the $710 in evidence was retrieved from the secured room April 27 but the package contained only two empty money bags that had been torn open.

Senft, the sheriff’s department quartermaster, was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, as were three other deputies.

Keuerleber said a review of the evidence room turned up one additional discrepancy: a package that contained $50 in loose cash found last year on the sidewalk at the Judicial Center. The money was gone and its package had evidence of tampering.

“I am deeply disturbed over Senft’s actions and for his breach of trust,” Keuerleber said in a statement. “I very much regret to report these events to the public. There is absolutely no indication that any other person was involved in these matters. I wish to reassure the public that our internal policies and procedures supported the quick identification and we are taking continual corrective steps to ensure that this does not ever happen again.”

“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,” he said.

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