- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

CENTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A former southwestern Pennsylvania police officer will stand trial on charges he repeatedly broke into his grandmother’s house looking for money to buy heroin.

Thirty-six-year-old Joseph Impiccini (im-pih-CHEE’-nee) Jr., of Brownsville, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday on charges including burglary and theft.

Impiccini was an officer in the tiny Washington County borough of Centerville before he lost his job in 2003 after his arrest on heroin charges.

State police say Impiccini repeatedly broke into his grandmother’s Centerville home, taking $275 from a pouch attached to her walker, and, on another occasion, checks that he forged and cashed for $550.

Police arrested Impiccini on May 13 after his grandmother recognized his ball cap, which police contend was left behind during a break-in the night before.

Police say Impiccini confessed.

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