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Police officer charged with stealing $15,000 in evidence money

HORNELL - On June 18, 2013 $15,000 in cash was unable to be located in the Evidence Room at the Hornell Police Department. The money had been taken into evidence in conjunction with the arrest of Steven Brockway on attempted murder charges on March 10, 2012. As part of the disposition of that matter the money had been forfeited and was to be turned over to the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office – to be used initially to pay Brockway’s victim’s medical expenses.

After an exhaustive and fruitless search by Hornell Police Officials, at the request of Hornell City Police Chief Theodore Murray, Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan and District Attorney Baker, the New York State Police initiated an investigation with the full cooperation of the Hornell Police Department. State Police BCI units in Bath, Canandaigua and Horseheads assisted

Based upon information and evidence an investigation which concluded with hand-up of a Sealed Indictment and issuance of a warrant of arrest on December 20, 2013.

Jennifer Speed, 39, a resident of the City of Hornell, was arrested by members of the New York State Police on a sealed indictment warrant and served with a six count Indictment charging: grand larceny in the third degree; tampering with public records in the first degree; two counts of falsifying business records in the first degree; and two counts of tampering with physical evidence – all counts allege felony conduct at the D and E levels.

Speed, a Hornell City Police Officer currently on leave and senior evidence custodian at the time of the offenses, is in the Steuben County Jail without bail pending arraignment in Steuben County Court.