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Reading officer charged with cash evidence theft

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READING, Pa. (AP) - A police officer in eastern Pennsylvania has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the police department's evidence room to fund his gambling habit.

Forty-seven-year-old Jodi Royer surrendered to Berks County detectives Wednesday to face charges including theft and evidence tampering.

Investigators said an audit of the Reading police department's evidence and property room determined that nearly $15,000 from four cases was stolen. In additional cases that were identified, authorities said Royer replaced the stolen money with his own funds.

The alleged thefts occurred between April 2011 and March of this year.

Royer is a 24-year-veteran of the force and is on medical leave.

Reading police Chief William Heim said Royer is being placed on suspension with the intent to dismiss.

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