This just gets better and better. The former chief of police of the village of Skaneateles near Syracuse in New York has been charged with grand theft after it was discovered he may have taken between $3000 and $50,000 in parking meter coins during his tenure as chief.
The theft was discovered when he retired and his successor noted a spike, a big spike, in meter revenue income. When investigators got a warrant and searched the former chief’s house, they found used meters. They were also able to buy some on eBay.
They didn’t file on the "meters on eBay" scandal, as they couldn’t decide if the meters had been declared surplus or not. Read all the fun here.
It also seems that an alert citizen eight or nine years ago noted that it was suspicious that the Chief was personally collecting the money from the meters and reported it to the power that be. However since the meter money fell under the Chief’s purview, the complaint was ignored.
I think the Chief is not going to have a happy retirement. Now you see why if you have a garage manager that doesn’t take any vacations and never gets sick, you may have a problem.