Woman accused of taking officer’s taser in Manheim Township

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MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER COUNTY- A 27-year-old woman is facing criminal charges after police said she unlawfully took a taser that was reported missing from the Manheim Township Police Department last week.

Michelle L. Martin, of Lancaster, is charged with theft of lost property. She was arraigned Monday and released after posting $10,000 unsecured bail.

It started on May 3 when a Manheim Township police officer accidentally left his department-issued taser on the roof of his patrol car and drove off. Police said it fell off somewhere along the 5100 block of  Main Street. After unsuccessfully searching the area multiple times–investigators reviewed footage from nearby surveillance cameras.

The footage showed Martin’s vehicle stopping in the roadway where the taser fell, investigators said. During an interview with police, Martin admitted to giving the taser to a friend after picking it up from the road. However, she refused to give police the identity of the person she gave it to.

So far, the taser has not been located.

A preliminary hearing for Martin is scheduled for May 15.

Anyone with information on the location of the missing taser is asked to call police at 717-569-6401 ext. 0 or the Crime Tipline at 717-569-2816.