SUNBURY, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Sunbury Police Chief Bradley Hare who originally temporarily stepped away from his job, has officially retired and is facing charges of theft.

The Mayor’s office has confirmed Bradley Hare has retired as the Sunbury Police Chief on Wednesday.

The former police chief temporarily left the position in September, but there was no information as to why he stepped away from the position.

Travis Bremigen was named acting chief. There is currently no word if Bremigen will take over the job full-time.

According to a police affidavit, Bradley Hare, 47, removed money from the Americus Hose Company Social Hall in the 100 block of Linden Street in Sunbury.

Police say suspicions of theft grew after paying the owner of the video gaming system in the building, their share of the profits. So, a camera surveillance system was installed in the Americus, says law enforcement.

As the affidavit reads the office of the Americus Hose Company is locked and requires a key fob system to open the doors and a report of the use of Hare’s key fob showed specific dates that he entered the building.

Court papers say a review of the surveillance videos from the times Hare was inside the building found that he committed thefts of money from the office on August 14, 22, and 24. Captured on camera, officers say Hare stole $100 each time he was there.

According to law enforcement, the amounts taken from the Erlston Supply video gaming machine bank bag were $1,024 and $5,400.

In total the amount of the thefts is $6,924.

Police say on August 24, multiple officers from the Americus confronted Hare about the thefts to which he allegedly confessed to taking the money.

Hare was arraigned on Wednesday, October 11, in front of MDJ Page and his bail was set at $15,000 unsecured, which Hare posted and he is now out on bail.

Hare faces one felony count of theft by unlawful taking moveable property, and three misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking moveable property, stemming from an incident in February 2023.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 31 at 10:30 a.m.