By Brad Segall

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (CBS) – A 22-year veteran of the Conshohocken Police Department will spend two years on probation after admitting in court that he stole money from parking meters in the borough.

Now, Anthony Santoro’s career as a police officer is over.

“He’s finished — he will never work in law enforcement again, and he’s a disgraced human being,” says
Montgomery County prosecutor John Gradel.

Santoro has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge for stealing an undetermined amount of money from the parking meters.   He was sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to pay back $1,500.

Gradel says Santoro, 47, told detectives the scheme started in late 2009 and he took the money because he fell behind on his bills.

“To otherwise have a stellar, admirable career and throw it away for a few hundred dollars, it’s absolutely sickening,” says Gradel.

He says the thefts were uncovered when the chief of police saw some suspicious activity.  He says Santoro would accompany a parking officer when he emptied the meters.  And then, when the parking officer wasn’t in the car, Santoro would dip into the coin collection bins and take handfuls of money.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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