Thieves get $25,000 from Richmond tax office break-in

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 9:44 AM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 7:34 AM
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Authorities are investigating the theft of $25,000 stolen from the tax commissioner's office sometime over the holiday weekend.

Thieves got in through this window at the Richmond County tax office.  Rainier Ehrhardt/ Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/ Staff
Thieves got in through this window at the Richmond County tax office.

The cash and checks, all taxpayer money, were kept in an unsecured vault on the ground floor of the Municipal Building, according to Lt. Tony Walden.

A thief, or thieves, used a cinder block to smash their way into the building sometime between Friday afternoon and this morning, when an employee found the broken window.

Steven Kendrick, tax commissioner for Richmond County, said today that the vault was left open intentionally on Friday because several employees stayed late to finish some transactions due to the holiday. The vault contains numerous safes which are opened with keys. Mr. Kendrick said the money and checks were locked inside these safes.

"What happened was they pried open all of these individual safes themselves," Mr. Kendrick said. "Although the vault was not closed itself, the individual storage safes were closed and locked."

Mr. Kendrick said he thinks the vault, which opens with a code, was left open by one of the employees but that he can't be sure whether or not someone opened it himself.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/19/10 - 10:57 am
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Just wanted to visit their

Just wanted to visit their money...

veritas14
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veritas14 01/19/10 - 11:18 am
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Too late, Chiquita has

Too late, Chiquita has already been there.

CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 01/19/10 - 11:19 am
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Someone trying to get back

Someone trying to get back some of the money which they feel has been wrongly used over the years?

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 01/19/10 - 11:21 am
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They didn't understand what

They didn't understand what "tax-breaks" meant!

john
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john 01/19/10 - 11:22 am
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This guy better watch out.

This guy better watch out. The Government doesnt like competition.

El Guapo
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El Guapo 01/19/10 - 11:22 am
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Now they know how we feel

Now they know how we feel this time of year...

dani
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dani 01/19/10 - 12:11 pm
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Wow..You covered the entire

Wow..You covered the entire gambit....LOL

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/19/10 - 01:09 pm
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Usecured safe? Fire the

Usecured safe? Fire the person who is responsible for the safe being unsecured whether it be a minion or a department head. At least we know how to get access to Richmond County government records now.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 01/19/10 - 01:22 pm
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Unsecured safe. Brilliant.

Unsecured safe. Brilliant.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/19/10 - 02:26 pm
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Why the heck would they have

Why the heck would they have an unsecured safe? I swear the government is so stupid.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/19/10 - 02:44 pm
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Inside job.

Inside job.

JackBootedThug
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JackBootedThug 01/19/10 - 02:47 pm
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I'll just bet the story will

I'll just bet the story will be that the safe was broken and they didn't have money in the budget to fix it or replace it. Why in the world would you leave that much cash even in a safe over the weekend, or even overnight??? that's what banks are for!

Employees knew how much was there and knew about the safe...can you say inside job?

JamesJMcGee
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JamesJMcGee 01/19/10 - 02:48 pm
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Who new this kind of money

Who new this kind of money was kept there?

JackBootedThug
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JackBootedThug 01/19/10 - 02:48 pm
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They can fire whoever was

They can fire whoever was responsible for the unsecured safe, then give them $93,000 in severance!

LMS2005
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LMS2005 01/19/10 - 03:01 pm
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inside job......unsecure area

inside job......unsecure area and not viedo no alarm

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/19/10 - 03:04 pm
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Authorities might want to ask

Authorities might want to ask the guy that was kicking in windows and glass doors downtown over the holiday weekend. He might know something about it.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 01/19/10 - 03:11 pm
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I agree with LMS2005, who

I agree with LMS2005, who would have known the safe was unsecured, and there was no video security system, and the alarm was turned off. If it had been a casual break in, do you think a thief would have taken the time to break in the safe, not knowing whether or not there was some sort of alarm or security system in place? It was either an inside job, or these were very lucky thieves.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/19/10 - 03:13 pm
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Steven Kendrick needs to

Steven Kendrick needs to cover this loss from his own pocket.

spdermn78
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spdermn78 01/19/10 - 03:20 pm
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Sounds like an inside job..

Sounds like an inside job.. Alarm not set.... Safe unsecured... WTH!!

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/19/10 - 03:22 pm
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Unsecured Safe in a room with

Unsecured Safe in a room with a window. No video footage although camera systems are down to nothing in costs now days. An alarm system paid for by taxpayers and not even turned on over a holiday weekend. Do these people not have access to bank night deposit drops although shouldn't be necessary since the banks are opne on Friday until 6pm and there is no way these govt. employees were still there then. This just is another example of needing LESS GOVERNMENT. Whomever is responsible for activating the alarm should be fired but of course they will say multiple people are responsible therefore no one is responsible or it will be someone with a contract who we will pay $100,000.00 over the next year not to do anything - Pathetic!!

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 01/19/10 - 03:27 pm
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This is obviously an inside

This is obviously an inside job. Who would have known there were no cameras and that the safe would be open?Why wasn't this money deposited?STUPID,STUPID,STUPID!!!!Hopefully the perpetrators will be caught and this problem corrected.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/19/10 - 03:32 pm
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this smells fishy!! Will The

this smells fishy!! Will The AC do some real investigative journalism and connect all the dots here or will they let WRDW do it?

puddeecat
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puddeecat 01/19/10 - 03:37 pm
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I guess the county doesn't

I guess the county doesn't know what a bank is....

mable8
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mable8 01/19/10 - 04:25 pm
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Who forgot to use the secured

Who forgot to use the secured night deposit sacks all businesses are familiar with? And how would an outsider know the safe was unsecured, what room it was in, and that there is no security system in place? Guess this puts new dimensions on "inside trading."

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 01/19/10 - 04:25 pm
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What part in government, in

What part in government, in the Marble Palace, or anywhere else in Richmond County, can we trust??? I don't think there is an answer. Sad, but very true. Did not pick my display name for nothing!!!

BOBO
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BOBO 01/19/10 - 04:31 pm
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no deposit, no alarm, no

no deposit, no alarm, no locked safe....NO wonder RC is so ate up!
Even my preacher locks his doors at night......

Dudeness
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Dudeness 01/19/10 - 04:38 pm
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Thieves stealing from

Thieves stealing from thieves. At least they're picking on their own kind now. Maybe the county should consider this theft a resume for employment since the burglar could likely give them some tips on how not to volunteer yourself for a robbery.

Lp_J
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Lp_J 01/19/10 - 04:38 pm
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i smell fish WHOA

i smell fish WHOA

motorheadaches
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motorheadaches 01/19/10 - 05:01 pm
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If Kendrick needed money to

If Kendrick needed money to run for mayor again, why didn't he just ask?

Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/19/10 - 05:08 pm
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This should torpedo any

This should torpedo any mayoral aspirations for Kendrick

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