Manchester Police Sergeant Michelle Wagner was supposed to be running two children's programs through the police department, but cops charged her with having her hands in the till.
Wagner turned herself in on the arrest warrant Friday. She had been supervising the Police Explorer and the Child Safety Seat programs.
Wagner was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 12 and was facing a disciplinary hearing where she might have faced possible termination. She resigned from the Manchester Police Department on Nov. 13, just prior to the hearing.
The thefts were discovered during an audit of financial records during a change in supervision of the programs.
“As chief of police, I am deeply distressed that these allegations were made against a sworn police officer, particularly in light of the fact that the victims were children who placed the police in high regard,” Chief James Berry said in a statement released Friday. “Police officers are held to a high standard due to the fact that they hold an office of public trust, and a violation of that trust will have severe administrative or criminal consequences.”
Wagner faces three counts of first-degree larceny. She was processed and released. She is to appear in court on Dec. 17