Published On: Thu, Sep 24th, 2015

Solebury Township police detective charged with theft and evidence tampering

Ferrari in 1980 as a New Hope police officer.

Ferrari in 1980 as a New Hope police officer.

Solebury Police Detective Roy G. Ferrari, 66, was arraigned Thursday before Judge Maggie Snow in Doylestown on theft and evidence tampering charges related to an alleged July 4 incident.

Ferrari, who had served as a New Hope police officer prior to joining the Solebury department some three decades ago, was arrested by Officer Mark J. Zielinski. Ferrari was well known in Solebury, having investigated and solved several high-profile crimes over the years.

Court records indicate Solebury Police were contacted on Sept. 3 by the owners of a Solebury Township property, who said their trail camera had recorded a man taking a 4′ Stanley level from the site.

Charles and Morgan Ehne said they had purchased the property in 2014, and were prepping it for construction.

Law enforcement officials reviewed the images and recognized the alleged thief as Ferrari.

They asked Ferrari to view the photos on the trail camera, and Ferrari said he only saw one of the property owners and surveyors on the images. On Sept. 18, Ferrari drafted a Solebury Township police report that failed to identify any of the images. Officials say Ferrari then deleted the trail camera footage so it could be returned to the owners.

Ferrari was interviewed Sept. 21, and admitted taking the level. Ferrari said he took it “during a moment of weakness, citing a momentary lapse in judgment.”

The stolen level was located in a shed in Ferrari’s backyard.

Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said, “The fact that he did this while he was supposed to be protecting the lives and property of the community is particularly troublesome.”

In response to questions, Solebury Police issued the following statement.

“Today Detective Roy Ferrari, a member of the Solebury Police Department, was arraigned in Magisterial District Court on the following charges: Theft of Property lost, mislaid or delivered, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition, Tampering with public records or information and Tampering with or fabrication of physical evidence. Detective Ferrari has subsequently resigned from the police department.

“The Solebury township police department received information with regard to an incident involving Ferrari which occurred in July of 2015. The Department immediately contacted detectives from the Bucks County District Attorney’s office. An investigation was conducted which culminated in Ferrari’s arrest.

“The Solebury Township Police Department and the Township Administration takes a zero tolerance stance toward any misconduct involving our officers. By handling this investigation swiftly and properly, we hope to ensure the general public that we do not condone the alleged behavior and it will not be tolerated at any level. We will always hold our officers to the highest standards to maintain trust and accountability within the community that we serve.”

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  1. Greg.holster@boiron.com' GMan says:

    Sounds like this guy has done a lot more than taking a $51.00 level.

  2. he has been a dirty cop for years the terized me for over 15 years I lived right behind the township building

    please do what every you can to get him put away correctly

    bryan k clayton

    6670 brownstone dr

  3. Township manager should fire all their PD including chief Belizzi and make fresh start

    • your right, last week i call mr belizzi and i did not even get my whole name out when he yelled and challenged me with a charge of harassment the call lasted 3 seconds and i only said part of my name.

      this need to be looked into!!

  4. parhamjc@comcast.net' Jim Parham says:

    My family has lived in Solebury for over 30 years and have known Roy Ferrari for most of that time and known him to be personally and professionally honorable. Sounds like some of the above commentators might have a problem with the authorities or vice versa.

    • vladimirbenisia@gmail.com' Justice Defender says:

      Have you ever been pulled over by Solebury cop for nothing? I was. He was investigating my complaint. The entire PD can not be trusted, period.

  5. It’s called The Fraternal Order for a reason. Free The MOVE 9.

  6. This entire community has known he is a corrupt cop for decades now. Why it was allowed to continue for this long is what really needs to be investigated.

  7. Sprngh2o@aol.com' GMan says:

    Risk a pension for $51.00? Sounds like he was set up.

    • Set Up ?????? Did you actually read the article ???? It says he admitted stealing the tool. I really find it hard to believe that he has all of a sudden become a thief at 66 years old. More than likely he’s always been a thief, difference is he got caught this time. KUDOS to Solebury Police for patrolling their own and to the administration for holding him accountable.

  8. jas0317@yahoo.com' yellow bird says:

    I had a incident once and went to him for help, he said “that’s what happens when your rich” to say the least, I am not wealthy financially, but morally I am and obviously he is not……I am pleased to see him eating Humble Pie

    • Laws of probability: if you constantly sterling,eventually you get caudgt. How and why he was avoiding been discovered before? This question should be addressed to Solebury PD who’s ways of law enforcement I personally found highly questionable.

  9. What a jerk. He felt entitled to a take what he wanted and then destroy the evidence. Really nothing out of the ordinary here with this population. I wonder how much evidence he has destroyed in the past to get what HE WANTS.

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