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No charges against cop who did wash at neighbor’s

AVALON, Pa. (AP) – A judge has dismissed all charges against a Pittsburgh-area police officer who had been accused of washing his clothes at his neighbor’s home without permission.

Rankin police officer Jason Rocco says the whole thing was a misunderstanding.

Rocco, of Avalon, had been charged with trespassing and criminal mischief after a neighbor noticed his electric bill was unusually high, given that he hadn’t lived in the house for months. When the owner visited, investigators say he found the dryer running with Rocco’s clothes inside.

Investigators say Rocco told them the home’s back door was already broken and he “just had to do some laundry.”

Rankin Police Chief Ryan Wooten did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment on Rocco’s status with the department.

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