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Police officer stole drugs from evidence locker, charges say; he resigned from Lower Swatara PD

By Dan Miller

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Posted 3/22/18

A former Lower Swatara Township police officer who resigned from the department in January has been arrested and charged with stealing drugs from the department’s evidence locker.

Scott M. …

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Police officer stole drugs from evidence locker, charges say; he resigned from Lower Swatara PD

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A former Lower Swatara Township police officer who resigned from the department in January has been arrested and charged with stealing drugs from the department’s evidence locker.

Scott M. Flowers, 39, of the 400 block of Woodruff Way in Harrisburg, who had been a patrol officer with Lower Swatara since 2008, was charged Thursday with four counts each of criminal trespass, forgery, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance, and five counts of theft by unlawful taking.

Flowers allegedly committed the offenses while serving as a Lower Swatara police officer, according to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office, which investigated the case and filed the charges against Flowers through District Judge Michael Smith.

According to arrest papers filed with Smith, the investigation started in January when Lower Swatara police reported to the DA’s office the theft of approximately $80 from the desk area of a department detective.

On Jan. 8, surveillance that the Criminal Investigation Division set up Jan. 7 showed Flowers removing keys from a detective’s drawer and attempting to enter the evidence locker, which Flowers was not authorized to enter, according to the arrest papers.

An audit of the evidence locker done by the Criminal Investigation Division and the department showed that four evidence envelopes had been opened, narcotics taken from inside, and the envelopes resealed.

Flowers allegedly attempted to copy and trace over the signatures from the officers who had placed the evidence in the locker, in an attempt to conceal his actions, according to the arrest papers and the Criminal Investigation Division.

The narcotics that Flowers allegedly removed from the envelopes included heroin, morphine and oxycodone. Fewer than 10 dosage units were missing from each envelope, according to the Criminal Investigation Division.

Flowers during a Jan. 9 interview at the Lower Swatara police department admitted taking the money from the detective’s desk, and taking the narcotics from the evidence locker for his own use, according to arrest papers.

The Lower Swatara department immediately suspended Flowers, and Flowers resigned from the department effective Jan. 19, the DA’s office said in a press released posted Thursday. Flowers cooperated during the investigation, according to the DA’s office.

All parties that were involved in cases involving the drugs Flowers allegedly stole have been notified of evidence tampering, the DA’s office said, adding “We have taken appropriate actions, including withdrawing charges, to avoid any injustice.”

Flowers on Thursday waived a preliminary hearing on the charges that had been scheduled before Smith on March 28. As a result, all the charges are proceeding to Dauphin County Court, where Flowers is scheduled to be arraigned on June 1.

Smith set $25,000 unsecured bail for Flowers. Flowers was not listed as being in Dauphin County Prison as of Tuesday morning.

Flowers, according to online court records, is being represented by Brian W. Perry, a private defense attorney. Perry did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Acting Lower Swatara Police Chief Scott Young did not return a phone call seeking comment.