DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. — A former Halifax Borough Police Officer is facing charges for stealing three guns from an evidence locker and falsifying hours worked for the department over a three year period, resulting in a theft of nearly $100,000.
Christopher Still, 48, is facing felony theft by unlawful taking charges for his alleged role in the incidents.
According to the criminal complaint, between 2019 and 2022, Still submitted fraudulent time sheets for hours worked at the Halifax Borough Police Department, totaling a theft of $98,754.50.
During that time period, Still made no arrests, issued no citations, and rarely logged into the Halifax police record systems. The complaint also alleges that Still's recorded hours at the Marysville Borough Police Department overlapped with his recorded hours at the Halifax department.
"It's a small department and he had not been working there for quite a long time," said Fran Chardo, Dauphin County District Attorney. "It came to the attention of the Mayor that he was drawing a pay even though he wasn't doing work."
The complaint says that Still's colleagues told investigators that he was rarely present at the department, and when he was, he was not in uniform and did not complete work tasks.
"He was able to manipulate the computer system and draw the pay," Chardo said.
According to the criminal complaint, upon learning of the allegations, the Criminal Investigation Division conducted inventory of the Halifax Borough Department evidence room, and found that three firearms were missing.
"We went in and our detectives checked the evidence lockers and saw that there were these three rifles that were missing," Chardo said. "Then, [they] saw that he had sold two of the rifles."
During an investigation with police, Still admitted to selling them to a gun shop for $500. Authorities say they found paperwork to confirm sales for two of the guns, and were able to recover them, but a third, a Winchester .243 rifle, remains missing.
If anyone has any information concerning the whereabouts of the missing firearm, you can contact Detective Robert Ligon at 717-780-6200.