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Archive for Friday, July 21, 2000

City worker cited in theft

July 21, 2000

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Police say a Lawrence municipal employee used a city-owned truck to steal fence-making material early Thursday from a farm supply store.

City officials said Thursday afternoon they were unaware of the situation but promised to look into the matter.

"We will investigate and, if necessary, take the appropriate actions," Assistant City Manager David Corliss said.

Lawrence Police Det. M.T. Brown said the theft was discovered about 3:15 a.m. Thursday.

A person delivering newspapers called police to report a city Parks and Recreation truck parked at Orscheln Farm & Home Supply, 1541 E. 23rd, Brown said.

"The person who called saw someone loading stuff into the truck," Brown said.

Officers contacted the man, who they said admitted stealing the items -- including two 100-foot lengths of steel mesh for making fences -- and taking them home. The stolen goods were valued at $205.

"That was his second trip," Brown said. "He had already made it home with a load of stuff."

Brown said officers recovered the items and returned them to the store. They issued a municipal court citation to the man -- a 20-year-old, part-time city employee.

Brown wouldn't identify the man, but Municipal Court employees said the misdemeanor theft citation went to a man named Michael Johns. Corliss confirmed that a Michael Johns was in the city's employ.

Municipal Court employees did not know a court date for Johns.

Corliss declined further comment on the matter.

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