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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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/19/10 - 09:51 pm
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Ask the guy kicking in

Ask the guy kicking in windows and doors downtown if he knows anything about it. Maybe someone told him when to go, where to go, and when it would be noisy enough that a cinderblock going through a window wouldn't be heard.

sassygirl12
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sassygirl12 01/19/10 - 11:07 pm
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heck chiquita is probably the

heck chiquita is probably the one that took it

Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/19/10 - 11:15 pm
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She didn't need to steal it..

She didn't need to steal it.. she already robbed the taxpayers blind... but still check for banana peels on the floor

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/19/10 - 11:24 pm
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Steven Kendrick needs to

Steven Kendrick needs to insist that every employee of his department submit to a polygraph exam before the GBI or submit their resignation - - with no severance package. Their choice, no exception. Kendrick can lead by example and sit for the first polygraph.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/19/10 - 11:27 pm
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LL.. you are on the ball!

LL.. you are on the ball!

Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/20/10 - 12:19 am
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the problem with polygraphs

the problem with polygraphs is that they are not admissable in court.

Junket831
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Junket831 01/20/10 - 12:22 am
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Other than the obvious issue

Other than the obvious issue of leaving a vault open for the weekend what seems to be missing is why did our main government building go unchecked for an entire weekend? How difficult is it for law enforcement to periodically sweep the building for obvious signs of a break-in. This is 2010 and we have been at war with terrorist for nearly a decade. One would think the government would check the doors every few hours to make sure nothing was happening.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/20/10 - 12:43 am
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Why, Junket? You ask why?

Why, Junket? You ask why? Because to our government leaders, it's just "other people's money." They have no skin in the game.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/20/10 - 01:32 am
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Watch Steven Kendrick play

Watch Steven Kendrick play the blame game tomorrow... oh wait.. later today.

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