July 28, 2021
More details are emerging surrounding a former State College police officer who faces charges after being accused of stealing a $35 marijuana-related vape pen while on duty, according to public documents recently obtained by the CDT.
The State College Police Department issued a news release on the matter Friday morning, but the criminal complaint was not filed at the time and details remained scant. A more complete picture emerged earlier this week, showing 41-year-old ex-officer Chris Tooley — who resigned before the completion of an internal review — risked his career for a purple vape pen with three voltage levels.
Tooley was charged with misdemeanor theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the complaint. It's believed to be the first time a State College police officer was charged since 2015, when a 56-year-old officer was sentenced to 3-23 months in prison after taking cocaine and prescription medication while serving as the department's evidence room custodian.
According to the criminal complaint involving Tooley, the former officer is accused of taking the vape pen on a Monday afternoon on April 12.
Per the complaint, Tooley took possession of a woman's belongings during his shift at the police station, though it was not fully clear how he came into their possession. About seven minutes after that, he removed a Wulf-brand vape pen that contained a THC cartridge — an item considered legal in the commonwealth for those with medical marijuana licenses — and returned the woman's belongings to her family, without the vape pen.