POCONO SUMMIT, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A former school employee is facing multiple charges including theft, after allegedly stealing a junior high school student’s wallet.
According to the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department (PMRPD), on October 5, during an after-school activity in the gym, a student at Pocono Mountain West Junior High School reportedly lost their wallet, containing over $50 in cash, debit cards, and personal identification.
Police say on October 6, school administrators checked with the school custodial staff and the school resource officer to determine if the wallet was found.
The wallet was not turned in and school officials then reviewed the camera footage from inside the gym, police say.
According to a press release, the student who reported the lost wallet can be seen on camera sitting in the bleachers with a friend.
Police say after the event, the student left the gym and the bleachers were retracted by the custodial staff. During which, a black object was seen on the floor directly underneath where the student was sitting, court papers say.
Officers say, the camera showed footage of Galvin Dudley (pictured below), 45, of Henryville, who was a custodian with the school district, entering the gym, picking up the black object and walking off camera.
Dudley was let go at a later date from the school district and faced separate charges for allegedly violating the ‘Wiretap Act’ after police say he was secretly recording meetings and hearings during the school’s investigation into the stolen wallet, court papers say.
As the release reads, Dudley was later contacted by the school resource officer and when asked if he found or picked up anything in the gym, Dudley replied he did not find any wallet and hung up on the officer.
Police say they learned from the juvenile victim and his father, that on October 6, a charge appeared on one of the debit cards for $77.81 and it was made at a gas station close to the school.
According to law enforcement, the card was actually swiped on October 5.
The PMRPD said they reviewed additional security footage and saw Dudley leave the school without punching out on the evening of October 5. Officers say Dudley left the school in his vehicle, drove to, and was seen on camera buying gas and lottery tickets at the gas station where the victim’s debit card was used.
Dudley then returned to the school, police say.
Dudley has been charged with theft and related offenses, court papers say.