Three DPW workers charged with theft, accused of selling items for scrap

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 14, 2014) – Three Department of Public Works employees stole items from a city building and sold them for scrap, according to Marion County prosecutors.

David Herre, Terry Lee and Edward Lawson are charged with theft and official misconduct, both class D felonies.

The three—mechanics at DPW—are accused of taking scrap metal from the Belmont facility and selling it to local scrap processors. According to court documents, the investigation started after DPW supervisors noticed discrepancies in the amount of proceeds generated from the building over the last three years.

The facility produced less scrap tonnage and proceeds than other locations despite being a larger facility with the specific purpose of servicing and repairing large vehicles and apparatus vehicles.

The men stole materials and parts including brake drums, brake rotors, fire apparatus pumps and copper wire, prosecutors said.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Grand Jury Division traced evidence of the metal theft beginning in August 2013 after a probe by IMPD’s Special Investigations Unit. An online database helped investigators track the transactions at recycling facilities, pawn shops, scrap metal processors and online listings such as eBay.

No initial hearing has been set.

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