Darby Twp police officer arrested
DARBY TWP., Pa. - March 6, 2012 -- A Darby Township police officer has been arrested for stealing police department weapons.
23-year-old Jonathan Fiscaro was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, and False Reports.
On Monday, detectives with the Special Investigation Unit of the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division, met with Leonard McDevitt, Chief of Police for Darby Township Police Department, who requested assistance with an investigation of two missing firearms from the Darby Township Police Department.
The missing firearms were identified as a Bushmaster Rifle- model XM-15-EZS owned by and registered to Darby Township Police Department and a DPMS Rifle- model A-15 owned by and registered to Officer Craig White who is employed by the Darby Township Police Department.
Each firearm is valued at approximately $2,000.00.
The investigation revealed that on or about March 3, 2012, Officer White noticed that the DPMS Rifle he stored in a locker at the Darby Township Police Department was missing from the locker.
Later that same day, Officer White asked other members of the Department if they had any knowledge of his missing firearm.
Having been unsuccessful in these efforts, Officer White then contacted Chief McDevitt to inform him of the missing firearm.
A short time later, officers discovered that a second firearm, a Bushmaster Rifle, was missing from the Police Department.
On Tuesday, police interviewed Officer Fiscaro, who, after waiving his Constitutional Rights, gave a statement.
Fiscaro stated that sometime in January 2011 he took a rifle from the Darby Township Police Department knowing that the rifle was not his property. He then took the rifle to his private residence.
On February 24, 2012, he sold the rifle to another individual for $500. This rifle was the DPMS belonging to Officer Craig White.
The defendant also stated that in the fall of 2011 he took a second rifle from the Darby Township Police Department knowing that the rifle was not his property. The defendant then sold this rifle to another individual for $600. This rifle was the Bushmaster belonging to Darby Township Police Department.
Police also interviewed Fiscaro on Monday, but they say he provided an audio recorded statement falsely implicating another individual in the theft of both firearms.
Bail was set at $100,000 unsecured.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 13.
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