Crime & Courts

Deputy accused of stealing from evidence room

CHESTER -- A Chester County sheriff's deputy is accused of stealing $300 from the department's evidence room.

Deputy Rodney Killian was arrested Wednesday on a charge of misconduct in office, according to a news release from Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith. Killian's arrest came after a State Law Enforcement Division investigation, the release states.

The release does not specify what prompted the investigation, other than that Sheriff Richard Smith was told “several things were not right at the sheriff's office” when he took over in January.

When contacted by The (Rock Hill) Herald, Smith declined to elaborate, saying the investigation is ongoing.

“I have known Deputy Killian for approximately 15 years and this was a total shock to me and the men and women of Chester County's Sheriff's Office,” Smith said in the release. “It is reprehensible when a deputy violates the law that he is entrusted to uphold and I will not stand for it.”

The money was taken between Oct. 1, 2007, and Jan. 1 of this year, according to an arrest warrant. The warrant also says Killian disposed of the evidence log book to hide the crime.

-- The (Rock Hill) Herald