Former Centerville police officer charged with burglary, heroin possession

Joseph Impiccini Jr.

CENTERVILLE – A former Centerville police officer was arrested by state police Tuesday on charges he broke into his grandmother’s house and stole $275 from a pouch on her walker while she was asleep.

Joseph Impiccini Jr., 36, of 230 Low Hill Road in Centerville, became a suspect in the case after the woman awoke and found his ball cap on a chair in her residence, state police noted in the affidavit supporting the charges.

Police said it appeared a piece of metal was used to pop off a lock on a sliding glass door to enter the victim’s Centerville residence. It was about the same time, 11 p.m. Monday, when another relative noticed him in the victim’s driveway, the court record indicates.

When a trooper went to Impiccini’s residence Tuesday, he confessed to stealing the money in order buy heroin, police say. He allegedly had three stamp bags of the drug in his possession at the time.

Impiccini, who rose to the rank of corporal after working for Centerville police for three years, was removed from the police schedule in May 2003 after wrecking a cruiser. Four months later, he was arrested by the state attorney general’s office and later sentenced in Fayette County Court to its Intermediate Punishment Program for possessing $80 worth of heroin. He also was sentenced in Washington County Court to three years of probation after pleading guilty in 2008 to forging six checks written out to laid-off employees of Impiccini School Bus Lines in Centerville.

State police on Tuesday charged him with burglary, drug possession, theft and receiving stolen property. He was placed in Washington County Jail on $25,000 bond set by District Judge Joshua Kanalis.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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