A Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been charged in a shoplifting incident which occurred at a Pennsylvania Wal-Mart earlier this month, Pennsylvania State Police said Thursday.
DFC Mark Jordan, a five-year veteran of the department, was charged Wednesday night with a summary offense of retail theft for taking two Cobra brand hand-held two-way radios and a Hewlett-Packard USB flash drive from the Shrewsbury, Pa. Wal-Mart on July 8, according to Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Adam Reed.
According to Reed, Jordan placed the items in his daughter’s backpack and walked out of the store with his daughter and son. The value of the items totaled $50.75, Reed said.
Under Pennsylvania law, retail theft constitutes a summary offense when an incident is a suspect’s first offense and the value of the items totals less than $150. A second offense for items under that price is a second-degree misdemeanor.
Jordan was suspended with pay on July 9, according to Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell. He was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in October 2006 as a corrections officer, and transferred to law enforcement in October 2009, where he was assigned to the Police Services Bureau as a patrol deputy.
A citation against Jordan for the offense was filed in York County court Wednesday night, according to Reed. Jordan will be able to plead guilty and pay a first-offense fine between $100 and $250, Reed said, or plead not guilty and face a hearing before a local Magisterial District Judge.
Jordan is the second Sheriff’s Office member in two years to face a shoplifting charge. Major Mark Forwood, commander of the agency’s Investigative Services Division, was suspended with pay in April 2010 after he was caught shoplifting from a Home Depot store in Bel Air.
He remained suspended until Nov 2010, when he was charged with improper conduct and a theft scheme, and arrested on a second shoplifting charge later that month. Forwood was fired Nov. 30, 2010, and eventually pled guilty to the felony theft charge and the misdemeanor count of improper conduct, receiving a six-year sentence with all but 18 months suspended.