Greensburg cop accused of falsifying commercial truck inspections
A Greensburg police officer was charged Friday with falsifying six commercial truck inspections.
Robert James Shapiro II, 43, of Latrobe claimed to have completed full checks on the trucks, but dash camera video showed otherwise, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
After information about the discrepancies was brought to the attention of the city police department by state police in February, an internal investigation was done, according to police Chief Chad Zucco. Shapiro, a patrolman, was terminated March 1, he said.
Shapiro is charged with two counts of tampering with public records or information and a single charge of obstructing administration of law or other governmental function.
Last month, Zucco provided to county Detective Randall Gardner copies of six full inspection reports that Shapiro allegedly completed, along with the corresponding patrol car videos. The reports were dated between Oct. 26 and Dec. 8, police said.
Zucco said Friday that a few city officers are certified to do inspections of commercial trucks as they travel through Greensburg.
State police have troopers trained to conduct similar inspections, and Gardner enlisted the help of one to review the reports and videos, according to the affidavit.
Trooper John Sherid concluded that Shapiro had not conducted full inspections, police said.
The investigation was initiated after a truck driver complained to state police that Shapiro claimed to have completed a full inspection but didn’t. Dash camera video corroborated the complaint, police said.
State police suspended Shapiro’s certification when they found other “irregularities,” Gardner wrote in the complaint.
The allegedly erroneous reports could impact a trucking company’s safety ratings and insurance rates, as well as allow potentially unsafe vehicles to continue to travel, police said.
A phone number for Shapiro could not be located. Shapiro didn’t have an attorney listed in online court records.
An April 7 preliminary hearing is set.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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