Augusta Utilities worker arrested


An employee of the Augusta-Richmond County Utilities Department was arrested Tuesday in connection with the theft of 11 industrial brass water meters and a large spool of copper tubing belonging to the department.


Last week, 22-year-old Shaheem Unique Monroe was seen by Newell’s Recycling Center scrap yard employees taking off his uniform and then trying to sell the water meters and tubing to the center.

The employees then contacted authorities.

Utilities Director Tom Wiedmeier said Monroe, a city employee since 2007, has been sighted on about 20 occasions attempting to sell the parts at area recycling centers.

Wiedmeier said there were additional questions about how Monroe gained access to the meters, which should have been locked up.

“We’ve got some investigating to do,” Wiedmeier said.

Monroe joins a list of city utilities employees who have been arrested recently.

They include workers Ricky Colrey Dunn, 27, and Benjamin Gary Gibson, 28, arrested in March for visiting an apartment used in a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office undercover sting operation, and Troy Curry, 46, a meter reader who was arrested and charged with selling crack cocaine in August2010.

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