Former Greene Police chief facing additional charges related to stealing from village
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:23:33 GMT —
The former Village of Greene Police Chief is facing additional charges after being arrested for stealing from the village he swore to protect.
43-year-old Steven Dutcher is now charged with 3 counts of grand larceny 4
Degree, a Class E Felony, for stealing 2 Greene Police Department patrol rifles and a Greene Police Department vehicle dog cage, offering a false instrument for filing first degree, a Class E Felony, for filing a false receipt with the Village of Greene pertaining to the purchase of 4 vehicle tires, falsifying business records First Degree, a Class E Felony, for filing a false receipt with the Village of Greene in an attempt to conceal the theft of 4 vehicle tires, petit larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor, for purchasing 4 vehicle tires for personal use, with Village of Greene funds and 2 counts of official misconduct, a Class A Misdemeanor, for purchasing tires and a vacuum cleaner with Village of Greene funds, while acting as the Chief of the Greene Police Department, and then retaining the items for personal use, according to State Police.
Dutcher was released on appearance tickets and is set to return to court on July 22.
Dutcher was originally suspended from the Village of Greene Police Department in March, and was subsequently charged with petit larceny and harassment.
Dutcher told WBNG that the charges were related to him bringing home a village-owned vacuum cleaner to clean his police cruiser. He initially resigned, but rescinded is resignation and told WBNG that he planned to fight the charges.