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Former borough employee sentenced for stealing money from meters

by The Indiana Gazette on April 20, 2017 10:58 AM
Indiana, PA

A former employee for the Indiana Borough Parking Department was caught stealing money from parking meters late last year and has been ordered to pay $3,000 restitution to the borough.

Timothy Toy, 49, of Twolick Drive, was sentenced last month by Judge William Martin to also pay $1,041 of court costs and to serve two years of probation. Toy pleaded guilty to a second-degree misdemeanor count of theft.

In a criminal complaint filed by Indiana Borough police, investigators wrote that Toy had been fired last year from his borough job, and that borough officials believed he kept a parking meter key and used it to pilfer coins from the meters.

After being alerted that Toy’s truck had been spotted on a borough street at 3:57 a.m. on Oct. 22, Officer Thomas Dessell Jr. headed to the area where money had been reported stolen from the meters. As he approached South Eighth and Church streets, Dessell discovered Toy locking a meter near the intersection and apparently stuffing coins in his pocket.

According to the complaint, Dessell parked his police car and walked to the intersection to confront Toy.

Dessell first shouted at Toy to stop, then drew his gun as Toy started to drive away.

Dessell arrested Toy and found $14.70 of change in his pocket. He also discovered a plastic coin receptacle from a parking meter along with a set of meter keys inside Toy’s truck, according to the complaint.

Online court records show Toy was arraigned before District Judge George Thachik, of Clymer, and was allowed to remain free on unsecured bond while the case proceeded through the courts.

Toy pleaded guilty on March 3. In a plea agreement, prosecutors set aside the companion charges of receiving stolen property and possession of instruments of crime.

He was represented by attorney Bradley Ophaug, of Indiana.

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