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Arrest of former city employee expected soon in electric department theft


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ABERDEEN -- Aberdeen police expect an arrest within the coming days in the case of a light meter stolen from the Aberdeen Electric Department warehouse. 


"We hope to make an arrest or more either on Christmas or sometime after Christmas," said Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle in a phone interview Wednesday. 


Randle said his department continues gathering evidence into the matter, and it is taking time. 


"We want to make sure we have all the correct information on hand before any arrests are made," he said. 


The investigation has been going on for several weeks, Randle said.  


"We have evidence on some of what has happened, but we are continuing our investigation, and cannot comment at this time.," he said. 


Aberdeen Mayor Jim Ballard said the meter was taken from city property by a city employee and given to perons not employed with the electric department or the city. 


The person who took the meter has been terminated by the Aberdeen Board of Aldermen, Ballard said. 


"This was done in executive session," he added of the firing. 


Ballard said the stolen meter was brought to the city''s attention when meter readers were checking meters. 


"The workers saw the meter and reported it to the proper authorities," he said. 


Ballard said the purpose of the investigation is to determine how the meter got from the electric department to other people. 


He expects charges to be filed against the city employee who took the meter from Aberdeen Electric Department.




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