Camden police employee charged in robbery
A former Camden city police officer now working as a civilian employee in the new county-run force is accused of posing as a law enforcement officer to commit a robbery.
The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said 45-year-old Richard Dayton, of Haddon Township, is facing charges of second-degree robbery and official misconduct in the Tuesday incident.
Dayton is a civilian worker in the Camden County Police Department and is responsible for managing the force's fleet. He retired on a disability pension from the former Camden city police force in 2005, and is no longer a sworn officer.
Prosecutors say Dayton used a police badge and radio to stop a pedestrian at 9th Street and Ferry Avenue at about 10:20 a.m., and pretended to be a police officer.
He showed the male pedestrian the badge and took money from the man, prosecutors said, and then fled from the scene in a police department pickup truck.
Authorities said Dayton had access to police vehicles through his job.
Surveillance video identified Dayton as the suspect after the victim reported the incident to police, the prosecutor's office said.
Investigators are looking into whether he is also responsible for other recent crimes, prosecutors said.
Dayton has been suspended with intent to dismiss, pending the resolution of the charges.
"We hold every employee, including our civilians, to the highest standards of integrity," Chief Scott Thomson said in a statement. "Behavior that undermines the public’s trust has no place in policing and is not tolerated in our department."
Dayton was being held today on $50,000 bail, officials said.