He is charged with four counts of theft, according to records on file in District Justice David Hawbaker's office in Mercersburg, Pa.
The charges include theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received and theft of leased property, court records said.
There was no address listed for Roche in the court records. He was free on bond.
Trooper Stanford Sydnor, the investigating officer, said in court records that he met with Robbie Mellott, president of the St. Thomas Fire Department, on July 2. Mellott was doing an audit of equipment that had been bought with fire department funds while Roche was chief, court records said.
Mellott said the items could not be accounted for and that they were taken without permission, court records alleged.
The items were valued at $5,222, court records said.
According to the court records, the missing items included radios and electronic equipment, a pair of leather boots, 30 pairs of gloves, a yellow helmet, reporting forms, two St. Thomas fire department chief of department badges and two St. Thomas gold money clips, among other items, according to court records.
Roche served as chief in St. Thomas from October 1999 to June 2002, a department spokesman said Wednesday. He was chief of Long Meadow from 1996 to 1999, according to John Latimer IV, the Long Meadow chief.