By Joe Beck -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputies from the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged a volunteer member of the Woodstock rescue squad earlier this week with grand larceny stemming from accusations of improper use of department credit cards.
Lt. Tom Shelton of the sheriff's office said Friday that Robert Phelps, 34, of Mount Jackson is accused of buying more than $700 in gasoline for his personal vehicle with credit cards issued by Shenandoah County. Shelton said the cards are provided by Shenandoah County to the rescue squad for purchase of gasoline for Woodstock ambulances.
Shelton said Phelps' credit card purchases spanned a one-year period. The investigation began when members of the Woodstock rescue squad discovered gasoline purchases charged to the department's credit cards that appeared suspicious, Shelton said.
Video cameras at gas stations around Woodstock produced evidence that led the sheriff's office to identify Phelps as the suspect, Shelton said. The videos collected from the cameras showed Phelps buying gas with a credit card and putting it into his vehicle, Shelton said.
"Of course, the credit cards came up as belonging to Shenandoah County," Shelton said.
Shelton said Phelps has since been "relieved of his duties" with the department.