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Former fire chief arrested for alleged theft of funds

District Attorney Jim Martin and Salisbury Township Police Chief Donald Sabo Jr. have announced the arrest Nov. 10 of David J. Tomcics, 40, of Slatington, in a theft investigation.

Tomcics is charged with alleged theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property – both felonies of the third degree.

“On July 2, 2019, Salisbury Township Police were contacted about a possible theft of funds from Eastern Salisbury Fire Company by Tomcics, who served as the fire department chief and president. In 2017, Tomcics had also taken an administrative paid position in the department to handle bookkeeping,” according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.

Tomcics resigned from fire company duties in January 2020.

“Several members of the fire company had observed inconsistencies with purchasing and reimbursement by Tomcics and provided authorities with documents and records to review,” according to the district attorney’s office.

“From 2017 through 2019, Tomcics allegedly altered fire department purchase orders and wrote unauthorized checks as well as used the fire department’s credit card for unauthorized purchases. The total loss to the fire department is $11,668.02.”

JIM MARSH PHOTO David J. Tomcics