By Beverly Keller
Sugarcreek Police Officer David Strubel was terminated by Mayor Clayton Weller.
Weller indicated the paperwork was completed last week.
Strubel was a patrolman with the Village of Sugarcreek since August 2017 and most recently served in an additional capacity as the School Resource Officer at Garaway High School. He was suspended, without pay, by Sugarcreek Police Chief Kevin Kaser on September 28, pending a review of the file by Mayor Weller.
On October 1, Strubel was arraigned on felony theft charges in New Philadelphia Court. The charges stem from an incident filmed on surveillance equipment at the Sugarcreek Police Department on September 27, 2018. A release from Kaser stated that at approximately 11 p.m. on September 27, 2018, the Sugarcreek Police Department discovered surveillance video that depicted Patrolman David Strubel, earlier that day, entering into locked areas he was not supposed to enter.
According to Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer, the area in question was a lock box in the K-9 vehicle owned by the Village of Sugarcreek.
“An inventory revealed theft in office,” Kaser stated.
The following morning Kaser contacted the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) who immediately dispatched BCI special agents came to Sugarcreek and interviewed Strubel who was later arrested on theft charges.
On October 1, 2018, Strubel appeared by video arraignment in New Philadelphia Municipal Court. He was granted recognizance bail. The case was set for a preliminary hearing in New Philadelphia Municipal Court on October 4.
Strubel appeared with his attorney David Blackwell at the preliminary hearing in front of Municipal Court Judge Nanette DeGarmo VonAllman. Strubel waived his right, in writing, to a preliminary hearing. He asked for the case to be bound over to the Tuscarawas County Court of Common Pleas Grand Jury. All original sanctions regarding Strubel’s release, abstinence from drugs and alcohol, no transportation, use, purchase or possession of firearms or ammunition and to stay out of bars and taverns remain in effect.
According to the criminal complaint filed, on or about August 24, 2018, to September 27, 2018, Strubel took narcotics from the Sugarcreek Police Department. If convicted of the current charge, Strubel faces a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.
“I was shocked and disappointed to learn of this but this behavior cannot be tolerated,” Kaser said. “We took swift and direct action.”
Kaser praised the work of BCI for their help in the case. “I commend BCI for their swift response and assistance in the investigation,” he shared.
Strubel, 32, resides in Bolivar.
Parts of this story originally appeared in the October 3/10, 2018 editions of The Budget. For more news, pick up a copy of this week’s edition available Wednesdays at area retailers. Better yet, subscribe and the news will be delivered to you each week. For more information, call us at 330-852-4634.