A police officer who just quit his job two days ago was arrested Thursday on charges he stole from a labor organization representing himself and his fellow officers, authorities said.
John Masciotti resigned as an officer with the Lower Heidelberg Township Police Department in Berks County on Tuesday, officials said.
The next day -- Wednesday -- Masciotti's chief learned that Masciotti, who served as secretary/treasurer of the Lower Heidelberg Township Police Officers' Association, withdrew from the association's bank account $4,500 on June 28 and $400 on July 3, officials said.
Those withdrawals, police said, were not authorized by Chief W. Thomas Deiterich, who also serves as president of the association, which is funded by the current full-time members of the police department.
The association's money is not supposed to be moved or released without the signatures of both the president and the secretary/treasurer, police said.
Berks County Detectives, who were called in to investigate the alleged thefts, said Masciotti returned the $4,900 to the association's bank account Thursday morning.
Detectives subsequently obtained a warrant to arrest Masciotti, who later turned himself in to authorities on charges of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and securing execution of documents by deception.
Masciotti's attorney, Allan Sodomsky, told 69 News he doesn't believe his client had criminal intent in taking the money. He also said it's still unclear why the money was withdrawn from the association's account.