The case of a weekend break-in and $25,000 theft at the Richmond County Tax Office added a new twist this morning when sheriff's investigators said a Municipal Building employee reported to Marshal's Office security personnel the safe had been left open on Friday.
No one appeared to act on the report and sometime over the weekend, a thief or thieves smashed the first floor glass window of the tax office, entered the safe and pried open several locked drawers containing cash and checks.
As of this morning, about $25,308 in cash is missing.
At a morning press conference Tax Commissioner Steven Kendrick admitted his staff should have been more diligent.
I take full responsibility for what has happened because it happened in our office on my watch, Kendrick said.
This building, honestly, we thought was more secure based on the fact that we are here and there are security guards here, Kendrick said. That was a mistake on my part to make that assumption. We are going to rectify that.