Crooked city employee busted for stealing $8,500 in scrap metal

A fire hydrant was among the items stolen. Pixabay

A City of Winnipeg employee will be charged with theft over $5,000 after an investigation uncovered stolen city property at a St. Adolphe home, said police.

The suspect, 32, is accused of stealing around $8,500 in metal to be sold as scrap, including a fire hydrant and copper piping.

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Police said the man is an employee of the city’s Water and Waste department, and that the city alerted investigators to the theft.

The suspect was released on a promise to appear with formal charges upcoming.

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