Today, Dauphin County detectives charged Scott Rupert with one count of theft by unlawful taking for stealing cash from the evidence room while he was serving as an officer with the Steelton Borough Police Department. Rupert voluntarily surrendered and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The probable cause affidavit noted that Rupert was cooperative during the investigation and admitted he was the one who took the money. He resigned his position with the police department.
The criminal complaint charges Rupert with theft in the amount of approximately $1000. That makes the grading of the offense a first-degree misdemeanor which carries up to five years of imprisonment and a $15,000 fine. As Rupert has no prior record, the applicable sentencing guidelines recommend a non-confinement sentence such as probation. As these are still only allegations, the defendant is presumed innocent.
District Attorney Fran Chardo praised the speedy response of Steelton Borough officials in addressing the matter. Mayor Maria Marcinko and Chief Anthony Minium promptly referred the matter to the Criminal Investigation Division of the District Attorney’s Office.