2009-09-03 / Local & State

Suburban Philadelphia Mayor Resigns Amid Theft Charges

GLENOLDEN, Pa. (AP) - The mayor of a small Philadelphia suburb has resigned amid charges that he stole more than $78,000 from customers at a funeral home he owned.

Glenolden officials announced the resignation of 68-year-old Theodore Bathurst on Friday. He had been mayor since 1994.

Delaware County prosecutors say Bathurst defrauded customers over a nine-year period.

Authorities say he paid operating expenses using money from a fund customers could pay into in advance. He faces charges including theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

Bathurst sold the funeral home in 2007. The current owner says she discovered that money was missing when she tried to access the escrow account of a client in March 2008.

After his Aug. 21 arraignment, Bathurst said he was sorry but would not say whether he would step down as mayor.

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