June 14, 2016
A longtime York County sheriff's deputy is facing trial after appearing in district court Tuesday and waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.
Troy Senft was fired last month and criminally charged with stealing more than $700 from the evidence room of the sheriff's office. He allegedly told investigators he needed "some extra cash" because he was going through a divorce, according to court documents.
He went to the office of District Judge Linda Williams on Tuesday morning and waived his hearing, which had been scheduled for 10:45 a.m. His case will now be forwarded to York County Court for trial, and his formal court arraignment date is set for July 15, according to Williams' office.
Senft, 58, of East Manchester Township, held the rank of sergeant when he was terminated and was the longtime quartermaster of the evidence room under two different sheriffs.
He remains free on his own recognizance, charged with hindering prosecution by concealing evidence, theft by unlawful taking, theft by failure to make required disposition, tampering with evidence, obstructing the administration of law and two counts of receiving stolen property.
Two alleged thefts: He is accused of twice stealing cash from the evidence room, with the amount totaling $760, according to charging documents.
York County Sheriff Richard Keuerleber has said the evidence room is used to store evidence in cases brought by the sheriff's office. It is not the room that holds evidence in pending trials for criminal cases around the county, he confirmed.
According to charging documents, Senft was interviewed May 3 by Assistant Chief County Detective Doug Demangone and denied taking $710 from an evidence package. But when confronted with a second evidence-room theft — $50 was missing from a different envelope, authorities said — Senft had a change of heart, documents state.