Ex-chef at Governor's Mansion charged in 10k theft

A former chef at the Governor's Mansion has been charged with stealing more than $10,000 worth of items, including an autographed Buffalo Bills football, after trying to sell them at a pawn shop in Lebanon County.

WHTM (ABC27 News) reports Michael Yancey, 28, of Jonestown, was arrested Monday after a search of his home turned up stolen silver, six framed photographs, and an NFL Football signed by former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and addressed to Gov. Ed Rendell, police said.

Investigators told ABC27 that two of the cutlery pieces recovered from the pawn shop in Lebanon had been stamped "Executive Mansion," but were scratched in an attempt to conceal the markings.

They added that an accurate value has not been set for some of the stolen items, including a silver tea set and other property that may have historical or priceless value.

Yancey had been employed as a sous chef in the Governor's Residence. He was charged with numerous counts of receiving stolen property and sent to Lebanon County Prison on $10,000 bail.

A condition of his bail is that he is prohibited from having contact with Rendell or Gov. Tom Corbett, and is prohibited from the grounds of both the governor's home in Harrisburg and the Lieutenant Governor's home in Fort Indiantown Gap.

It was not reported how long he worked at the mansion or when he departed and under what circumstances.




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