Griffith Board Member Charged with Stealing During Town Event

“Upon being notified by our Clerk-Treasurer of a possible theft, the Town Council immediately referred the complaint to the Griffith Police Department” and, “the procedures put in place to safeguard all transactions at our festivals worked. The ticket sales managers and workers acted appropriately and quickly in notifying our clerk of a potential issue and should be commended”.Griffith Town Council President Rick Ryfa

October 23, 2018-A member of the Griffith Public Safety Board was charged with Official Misconduct, a level 6 felony, and Theft, a class A misdemeanor today. According to a statement from the Griffith Police Department, ” Griffith Police had been made aware of repeated shortages in the proceeds from town special events in mid September. Town officials noticed shortages from events such as Rock-N-Rails and the weekly Central Market.” Police determined that Deborah Dillon-Snyder was the primary cash register operator for these events when the shortages took place according to the statement. Volunteers who worked the events reported suspicious activity which was then reported by Town officials to the Griffith Police Department.

“Griffith Police video recorded the transactions of a Central Market event on September 14, 2018. Upon being advised by town officials on the next business day of a shortage of $72.00 when auditing the register transactions, Griffith Police reviewed the video footage of the event’s transactions. Footage revealed suspicious behavior during the shift of which Dillon-Snyder was working the register” Police said.

The incident was referred to Indiana State Police for further investigation due to Dillon-Snyder’s position on the Public Safety Board which oversees police and fire personnel. Indiana State Police investigated the incident which included speaking with Dillon-Snyder, resulting in charges with the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office for Official Misconduct, a Level 6 Felony, and Theft, a Class “A” Misdemeanor, being filed on October 19, 2018. Dillon-Snyder was booked into the Lake County Jail earlier today and released.

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