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Augusta Utilities worker arrested

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 9:21 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 1:53 AM
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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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Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/18/11 - 11:28 pm
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Now hiring!

Now hiring!

tanbaby
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tanbaby 10/19/11 - 04:05 am
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NO WAY !!!! not another fine

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NO WAY !!!! not another fine upstanding county employee!!!!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/19/11 - 05:36 am
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The employee has been sighted

The employee has been sighted on about 20 occasions attempting to sell the parts at area recycling centers and the dude hasn't been fired before now?

RunningMan
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RunningMan 10/19/11 - 06:05 am
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We are making in too easy for

We are making in too easy for these guys. Put policies in place that will prevent this nonsense.

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Patty-P 10/19/11 - 06:54 am
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Somewhere out there is a

Somewhere out there is a decent, honest, hard-working man who would have loved to have this job - just didn't have the right connections.

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q 10/19/11 - 07:22 am
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Somebody needs to shake his

Somebody needs to shake his family tree and see if anyone in the courthouse falls out.

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bubbasauce 10/19/11 - 08:23 am
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All I ever see is Utilities

All I ever see is Utilities Dept. employee's riding around doing absolutely nothing but wasting gas in new vehicles. Augusta could solve some budget woes by laying off at least 50% of employees. Several years ago I followed a few vehicles just to see what they were doing and they were just driving from station to station, looking busy but actually doing nothing. I want a job with Augusta Utilities!

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 10/19/11 - 08:25 am
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Suzy Q - you said it.

Suzy Q - you said it.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/19/11 - 08:34 am
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That is funny Suzy..:)

That is funny Suzy..:)

abeecee
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abeecee 10/19/11 - 08:48 am
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Hello? Sited 20 times?

Hello? Sited 20 times?

david jennings
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david jennings 10/19/11 - 08:54 am
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Dang I just posted on another

Dang I just posted on another article about the home invasion this morning that it was probably because the guys were out of work, guess that gets shot down. Well, I know, Monroe has been living beyond his means and the Utilities Department just don't pay enough. Yeah patty, I would love to have that job but you know, just because I don't have a criminal record and can pass a drug screen and have an excellent work record does'nt mean much if I don't know the right person.

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Willow Bailey 10/19/11 - 09:00 am
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City gov. too busy pursuing

City gov. too busy pursuing the fire department for political motivations to be interested in the criminals running the ultilities department. He probably had a prior criminal record when hired.

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cityman 10/19/11 - 09:11 am
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Burn him up!!!

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Burn him up!!!

TK3
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TK3 10/19/11 - 09:37 am
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"Trust" your local government

"Trust" your local government to be efficient at wasting YOUR money and its employees being ever so bright and yet humble and good at recycling.

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scratchthesurface 10/19/11 - 10:42 am
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Well, If the Comm. would give

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Well, If the Comm. would give City workers a raise, they would not be stealing copper or time. The city spen money on senseless things like GPS on truck and employees, time card machines (that they don't know how to work) and most of all Fred Russell.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/19/11 - 12:11 pm
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Scratch, sounds like

Scratch, sounds like blackmail. You dont work for the city, you work for the taxpayer. "Give us a raise or we will rob you blind" still sounds like robbery.

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