Santa Rosa Junior College police officer Jeff Holzworth
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SANTA ROSA, Calif. —
The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office Monday delayed filing charges against a Santa Rosa Junior College Police Department officer suspected of embezzlement and grand theft.
Jeff Holzworth, 51, briefly appeared in Sonoma County Superior Court Monday morning, but then left quickly with his attorney Joseph Passalacqua.
Deputy District Attorney Amy Ariyoshi told Judge Robert LaForge that the case was still under investigation and the prosecution was seeking financial records. Holzworth's next court date is Dec. 17.
Ariyoshi said the alleged embezzlement involved money from parking machines at the college campus.
After Monday morning's brief hearing, she said Holzworth was responsible for maintaining the parking machines, which accept one- and five-dollar bills.
The investigation began after Santa Rosa Junior College Police Chief Matt McCaffrey informed Santa Rosa police that an employee had notified him of the alleged embezzlement, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Lance Badger said.
Santa Rosa police obtained warrants and searched Holzworth's home, workspace and work vehicles, Badger said. Ariyoshi said the search warrants have been sealed.
After a three-week investigation, Holzworth was arrested at the end of his shift at 10 a.m. Wednesday. He posted $150,000 bail and is out of custody.
Holzworth, a 28-year employee of the college, was on administrative leave.
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