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Menlo Park city employee arrested

Public works employee suspected of stealing fuel from city gas pumps

A Menlo Park public works employee was arrested Tuesday (July 23) on suspicion of stealing about $1,800 worth of fuel from city gas pumps during the last year and a half.

Juan Alvarez, 51, of Redwood City was booked into San Mateo County Jail on three felony charges, according to a news release from the Menlo Park Police Department. He is charged with embezzlement by an employee, second-degree burglary, and grand theft, police say.

The police began an investigation in April after being notified by the public works department of suspicions that someone was stealing fuel from the city gas pumps at the corporation yard.

Mr. Alvarez has been released on bail; the case has been turned over to the District Attorney's Office for review.

Comments

Posted by resident, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm

How do they know he was the thief? Do they have video or other evidence? Something is missing in this story.


Posted by SteveC, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 26, 2013 at 8:10 am

SteveC is a registered user.

[Post removed; the suspect is facing charges but shouldn't be tried and convicted in the media.]


Posted by Member, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm

To both the members above me: they have cards issued to them so they absolutely know when the employee is pumping gas. And to Steve C, he is a public employee- meaning out tax dollars pay his wages- so we have every right to know what's going on. Let this be a lesson to all public employees who think they can get away with stealing city property. Our tax dollars = our right to know


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