Deputy Resigns after Burglarizing WV Business

- FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - A Frederick County Sheriff's Deputy resigned after taking a plea deal in Berkeley County Court. Todd Joia was charged in December 2013 for breaking and entering a West Virginia business.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office said the man stole money from two gaming lottery machines at Ruby’s gaming parlor.

According to court documents, the man took a plea deal for petit larceny, and was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended. Joia faces one year of unsupervised probation and must pay restitution of $245.25.

Police say Joia was a regular at Ruby’s and they were able to review video of the store from the evening of December 10, 2013 which incriminated him. A warrant was issued for Joia’s arrest, and police say the man turned himself in, and at that time he was suspended from his duties at the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins says he has no comment, other than that Joia is no longer employed at his agency. At the time Joia turned himself in, Jenkins released a statement saying he was floored by the alleged criminal action.  


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