Ex Cop Admits Crimes
43-year-old John Becker of Horsham pleaded guilty to felony theft and other offenses.
He was a detective sergeant with the Hatboro Police Department when the crimes occurred over about an eight-year period ending in early 2011. He stole ten guns, a $2,700 watch and $18,000 in cash while serving as evidence custodian. A search of his home turned up several items, including some with “evidence” stickers.
Prosecutors say he also coerced several people into buying him prescription painkillers and cocaine under the guise of assisting undercover drug investigations. They say he committed the crimes to feed his own addiction.