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South Williamsport detective who investigated embezzlement honored

MARK MARONEY/Sun-Gazette

Honored with a Letter of Commendation by South Williamsport Borough Council and Administration Monday was South Williamsport Detective Devin A. Thompson, center, and representing the borough is Daniel A. Cupp, council president, left, and Mayor Marlin Angelo, right. Thompson was introduced by Steven W. Cappelli, borough manager and borough public safety director, as an officer who has shown leadership and integrity and recently investigated a case involving the embezzlement of more than $180,000 from the South Williamsport Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, allegedly by one of its then-own (former) staff. In December 2020, at the direction of the Acting Chief of Police Norman L. Hager, Thompson was assigned to continue the Loyal Order of Moose fraud and embezzlement investigation. This investigation was the accumulation of almost four years of research and investigation by the Crime Unit of the borough police. Thompson took on the task of laboring over mountains of paperwork, investigative notes, financial statements and forensic audits. Without hesitation, Thompson took on the investigation, working and devoting hundreds of hours to bring the probe to a conclusion and bring the person allegedly responsible to justice. In November 2021, the Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner approved felony charges and Thompson was able to file felony criminal charges against the individual accused of the theft and embezzlement at the lodge, giving closure to lodge members. The actions, his perserverance, dedication and attention to detail brought high honor upon himself, the borough and police department. The department has incurred a heavy hit over the past year with half of the officers on COVID-19 protocol for periods. Thompson was credited as a mentor for other officers and an investigator whose work has resulted in the arraignments of individuals charged with gun and felony drug incidents, sexual and other type of assaults and special investigatory needs such as what was done during a recent suicide at the South Williamsport Area School District. Therefore, Thompson was bestowed the Letter of Commendation for his work in the line of duty.

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