… Maj. Mark Forwood no longer employed by sheriff’s office …
By Kirsten Dize
A member of the Sheriff Jesse Bane’s command staff, who was charged in Harford County Circuit Court on theft and misconduct in office charges a month ago, was fired Tuesday.
He was fired after he was charged in an additional theft case after an incident at the Home Depot in Bel Air Sunday.
“Effective November 30, 2010, Major Mark Forwood’s employment with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office has been terminated by Sheriff L. Jesse Bane,” Worrell said while reading an official comment from the sheriff’s office.
In April, Forwood was suspended after he was accused of misconduct. Forwood’s salary was $107,660 a year and he was suspended with pay within 24 hours after the allegations were made.
The Baltimore County Police Department investigated the allegations, and on Nov. 1, Forwood was charged by criminal information in Harford County Circuit Court.
Three days later he was suspended without pay.
It remained unclear as of Tuesday what the allegations of misconduct are. The sheriff’s office, Baltimore County Police and the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office all refrained from commenting on the original allegations.
“I can’t speak to any of it; it’s a pending case so it’s not something I am at liberty to discuss,” Jason League, with the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, said Tuesday.
On Sunday, Forwood was again accused of theft.
Forwood allegedly walked out of Home Depot in Bel Air with about $600 in merchandise he hadn’t paid for, according to Bel Air Police Chief Leo Matrangola.
On Sunday, Bel Air police officers were dispatched to the Home Depot to help loss prevention staff identify a suspected shoplifter.
Officers identified the man store employees had detained as Forwood, Matrangola said.
Forwood allegedly walked out of the store with two tool boxes he paid for. One of the tool boxes, however, held a number of other items which he allegedly had not paid for, according to Matrangola.
“We didn’t witness the misdemeanor, we can’t make the arrest,” Matrangola said of the incident.
The employee with Home Depot loss prevention was directed to the District Court commissioner and told how to pursue charges.
“Home Depot pursued the charges,” Matrangola said.
Forwood, 43, with a Bel Air address, is facing a charge of theft less than $1,000, according to court records. He had not been served the criminal summons as of Tuesday afternoon.
On Monday, Forwood’s status with the sheriff’s office was unchanged.
“He is suspended without pay and we don’t comment on personnel matters,” Monica Worrell, public information specialist with the sheriff’s office, said Monday.
On Tuesday, however, that status changed and Forwood was no longer employed by the sheriff’s office.
“Any time any employee is dismissed, there are legal concerns, therefore we are unable to comment on personnel matters,” Worrell said.