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2nd Frederick deputy charged with crime, suspended

Friday - 12/20/2013, 6:10pm  ET

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- For the second time this week, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office says it has suspended a deputy charged with a crime.

Detective First Class Todd Joia was suspended Friday after being charged in Berkeley County, W.Va., with the felony offense of entering without breaking.

The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail reports that the charge stems from the reported theft Dec. 10 of more than $2,200 from two slot machines at Ruby's, a video lottery business near Spring Mills, W.Va.

Police say they were told by a Ruby's employee that Joia was there the night of the theft, and that he asked about it afterward.

Investigators say Joia made incriminating statements in an interview but denied entering the business. They say he later offered to quit his job if the victim would accept restitution.


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