Officer accused of stealing from 2 police departments

Pennsylvania

BLAWNOX, Pa. (AP) — A police officer stands accused of stealing from two western Pennsylvania police departments where he worked.

Joseph Lynn, 34, of McKeesport, is charged with theft, evidence tampering, lying to authorities, obstructing the administration of law and misapplication of entrusted property. It wasn’t known Wednesday if he’s retained an attorney.

Lynn is accused of multiple thefts from the Blawnox police force, where he currently serves, and the North Braddock police department, where he previously worked.

According to court documents, state police were investigating reports that cash was missing from the North Braddock department’s evidence room when investigators found evidence that Lynn had covered the surveillance cameras at the station for unknown reasons.

Further investigation found that Lynn was responsible for another set of unrelated “theft incidents” while on duty in both departments, according to the documents. Further details on the incidents were not disclosed.

Blawnox police declined comment on Lynn’s employment status.

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