- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A defense attorney says a former central Pennsylvania police officer charged with stealing drug evidence from police custody did so to feed his own addiction.

Defense attorney Stephanie Cooper made those comments Tuesday after former State College police sergeant, Thomas Dann, was arraigned on dozens of counts of evidence tampering and illegally possessing drugs.

State police charged Dann after finding 123 packages of evidence were tampered with, and finding more than three pounds of cocaine, and more than 200 painkilling pills were missing.

The 56-year-old Bellefonte man was a 27-year veteran of the State College police and a key investigator with the Attorney General’s Drug Task Force in Centre County.

Dann became custodian of the police evidence room in 2013 replaced the stolen drugs with vitamins, allergy medicines and baking soda.

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