Niagara Gazette

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October 7, 2013

Losses mount for Falls DPW due to theft of tolls, golf carts

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Then, in a Sept. 26 incident, a group of people attempted to steal an E-Z-Go Work Horse, a vehicle used by golf course crews to haul materials. Police showed up and were able to catch one of the three suspects as they fled, a 16-year-old male. His name has been redacted in police reports because he is a minor.

Caso said police are working on getting the suspect to give up his friends.

“Hopefully these are the individuals that have been doing this all summer,” Caso said.

In addition, $435 in parking ramp tolls has gone missing in a string of incidents beginning in early June.

All employees working during the incidents have been questioned by Caso and a police investigation is ongoing, according to memos between the DPW the city’s legal department, Dyster’s office and controller Maria Brown.

No disciplinary action has been taken against any of the employees to date, Caso said.

“We can’t accuse people of stealing without evidence,” he said.

In a February incident someone made off with more than $7,800 in city equipment including the gas tank and gauges to a city van, a pair of chain saws and a long list of smaller tools.

Caso said the department is working to have cameras installed at both the parking ramp and the storage facilities.

“The best thing we can do right now is put cameras in place,” he said.

Brown said that all department heads need to take necessary steps to ensure that the property in their charge is not stolen.

“They have to make sure that the city’s assets are protected,” she said.

 

 

Big red number $31K Amount of losses city's DPW department has seen this year

 

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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