Police arrested a city employee in Pinellas Park, Fla. last week and charged him with stealing scrap copper from the city.
The city retains old water meters and other metals that it sells. At least one co-worker saw Timothy Dineen poking around the area where the scrap metals are kept, although he had no reason to be there. Another co-worker reported seeing copper in the back of his city truck in the late afternoon that was gone the next morning.
The two went to Keith Sabiel, the assistant public works administrator, with their suspicions, who reported the situation to police.
Dinnen reportedly admitted to stealing the metal and it being sold at Trademark Metals Recyling. Records at Trademark Metals Recycling indicated that Stephanie Dineen had sold copper to the company five times in February for a total of $666.