State College parking enforcement officer charged with stealing from meters
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A State College parking enforcement officer was charged Thursday for stealing coins from parking meters.
Steven Raybuck, 54, of Port Matilda was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Raybuck is accused of stealing more than $3,300 between March and May after he found a key he was not authorized to possess.
According to the State College Parking Department, they discovered discrepancies in revenue collected from street meters and called State College police to investigate.
Officials said upgraded technology that better audits parking funds was crucial in finding the discrepancies.
After a review of the evidence police said Raybuck was interviewed and admitted to the theft. He was terminated May 15.
"The proper handling of parking funds is one of the fundamental responsibilities of my department, and I expect every member of my staff to keep that in mind and act accordingly at all times," said Director of Parking Rick Ward.
"Promptly after noticing the discrepancies, I began working with the police department to discover the cause and I am grateful for their collaboration in getting to the bottom of this matter."
Officials said further safeguards are in the process of being implemented to supplement the existing parking meter security.
Raybuck was arraigned Thursday afternoon and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 30 at 8:30 a.m.