FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 7-year veteran of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office has been suspended without pay in connection to a burglary incident.
Dfc. Todd Joia has been charged with a 'felony of Entering without Breaking'. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department had reported that he was a suspect in a burglary investigation which happened in Berkeley County.
Sheriff Charles A. Jenkins said in a statement:
"I'm absolutely floored by the alleged criminal actions of Joia. I can offer no explanation as to the reasons for what he did. I'm extremely angry that for the second time in the past week this agency's reputation has been tarnished by the actions of off-duty deputies. This most recent event is extremely serious and in some ways indicative of the patterns we are seeing throughout society with people serving in positions of public trust. I don't ever want incidents like this to overshadow the hard work and efforts of other deputies or law enforcement officers in general. If he is found guilty of the charge he should be held fully accountable for his actions."
An internal investigation will be carried out by The Frederick County Sheriff's Office.