A Santa Rosa Junior College police officer was charged in Sonoma County Superior Court Wednesday morning with stealing parking machine money at the college and possession of stolen property.
Jeffrey Holzworth, 51, of Santa Rosa, delayed entering pleas to one count of grand theft and 11 counts of possession of stolen property. His next court appearance is Feb. 20.
Holzworth's wife Karen Holzworth, 49, was charged Tuesday with being an accessory and three counts of possession of stolen property. She pleaded not guilty.
Holzworth, a Santa Rosa Junior College employee for 28 years, allegedly stole $287,911 in change and $1 and $5 bills from the parking machines at the junior college between January 2005 and November 2012, Deputy District Attorney Amy Ariyoshi said.
Prosecutors have evidence of the thefts dating back to 2005. She said he kept the parking money at his home and in his car until he or his wife would deposit it in several bank accounts and withdraw larger bills.
Each of the possession of stolen property counts allege specific times the prosecution can prove the defendants deposited the money in the banks, Ariyoshi said.
Defense attorney Joseph Passalacqua said he wouldn't comment on the allegations against the couple until he had read the complaints.
Karen Holzworth could be sentenced to county jail time if convicted, but Jeffrey Holzworth faces a prison sentence because he is alleged to have stolen more than $150,000, Ariyoshi said. The grand theft of more than $150,000 carries a five-year prison term.
Jeffrey Holzworth was arrested in November and his wife was arrested Thursday. Both were out of custody as of Wednesday.
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