Open safe door reported earlier, police say

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 10:57 AM
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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.”

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sneekypeeky
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sneekypeeky 01/20/10 - 12:04 pm
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Why is that amount of cash

Why is that amount of cash allowed to accumulate? I mean, that's a LOT of paper money! Why was it not deposited before it reached this amount. I can't believe that many people pay taxes in cash...it must have been there for a while. Fishy...

noway
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noway 01/20/10 - 12:16 pm
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good point sneeky...this

good point sneeky...this story sounds very fishy.

305fox
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305fox 01/20/10 - 12:18 pm
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the m.o. of current downtown

the m.o. of current downtown break-ins is to use a cinder block...just ask the businesses on broad street. these are not your typical petty thieves. so if you see somebody carrying a cinder block late at night....well he just might be up yo no good

cadam12
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cadam12 01/20/10 - 12:28 pm
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today is not friday....but i

today is not friday....but i do smell fish

MyTake
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MyTake 01/20/10 - 12:31 pm
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Smells like an inside job.

Smells like an inside job.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/20/10 - 12:37 pm
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$25,000 for a tax office is

$25,000 for a tax office is nothing. It doesn't take long to collect $25,000.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/20/10 - 12:40 pm
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Oh, and anybody that would

Oh, and anybody that would think it's a good idea for someone to take that amount of money to a bank is not thinking straight. Armored car pickup. They probably already had done the Friday pickup.

dani
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dani 01/20/10 - 12:55 pm
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It just might be that it was

It just might be that it was staged by an insider to cover "missing funds" before he/she was found out.

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Edward B. Turner 01/20/10 - 12:57 pm
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'I voted for you, Mr.

'I voted for you, Mr. Kendrick. As a fellow local businessperson, you should well know that your statement of taking "full responsibility" means that you either pay the city back for any costs incurred for your elemental error and/or step down from your job immediately.

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dichotomy 01/20/10 - 12:59 pm
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Okay. Impeach Kendrick, fire

Okay. Impeach Kendrick, fire the employee(s) responsible for leaving it open, and NOW, fire the Marshall's Office security guard who received the report and TOOK NO ACTION. If the Marshall don't fire the guard then we should fire the Marshall. It's time for the citizens and taxpayers of Richmond County to show our officials that we are tired of this incompetent crap too. We can do the same thing the MA voters did. Put them all out and take no prisoners. We pay people enough money to at least be basically competent and we do not get what we pay for.

dani
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dani 01/20/10 - 12:59 pm
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Funds collected for the day

Funds collected for the day would certainly be deposited before the banks closed. Funds counted after that would be dated for the following day business. BTW..When did the tax office employees begin working late on any Friday in R>C>

sneekypeeky
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sneekypeeky 01/20/10 - 01:02 pm
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corgimom, my point was not so

corgimom, my point was not so much that this amount of cash was not so unusual but at what point IS there an armoured car pickup or deposit? So no one deposits cash until it reaches a certain dollar amount? It may be "nothing" for a tax office, but it was enough to make a tempting target.

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BOBO 01/20/10 - 01:05 pm
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Where was the security ALL

Where was the security ALL weekend why did they not hear or discover this. They must have been sleeping/not doing the job they were paid to do. Why did they not act on the complaint of the unlocked safe on friday?

can I have a job Please Steve?

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robinhow 01/20/10 - 01:05 pm
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Since they KNEW they would

Since they KNEW they would not be there on Monday-- Why in the devil didnt they make an extra deposit the Friday before?
Oh forgot that would have made sense !

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exmedic 01/20/10 - 01:34 pm
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ok let's take a look at this

ok let's take a look at this . $25,000 in safe + safe left open+ alarm turned off and Kendrick says he assumes responsibility? I am not sure ALL of this story has been told.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 01/20/10 - 01:51 pm
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Usually when one's cash

Usually when one's cash drawer is short...it comes out of your paycheck!!!! Inside job!

pearl
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pearl 01/20/10 - 02:01 pm
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Is there not an emergency

Is there not an emergency contact number posted somewhere for the Tax Office? If this was reported on Friday, shouldn't someone in the Tax office been notified on Friday that the safe was open?

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lddist 01/20/10 - 05:06 pm
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yesterday's article said

yesterday's article said $25,000 in cash and checks...I think.

lddist
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lddist 01/20/10 - 05:06 pm
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yesterday's article said

yesterday's article said $25,000 in cash and checks...I think.

TboneT
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TboneT 01/20/10 - 05:36 pm
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Inside job--No doubt!!

Inside job--No doubt!!

mvirgin
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mvirgin 01/20/10 - 06:05 pm
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Heads need to roll. Also at

Heads need to roll. Also at Animal services. Politicians keep raising taxes to cover up shortcomings and inefficient workers, We need to hold supervisors responsible.

DAMY46
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DAMY46 01/20/10 - 06:08 pm
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They need to fire Kendrick..

They need to fire Kendrick..

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 01/20/10 - 08:12 pm
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Kendrick needs to join

Kendrick needs to join Chiquita on the discharged list for Augusta government employees who are inept.

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DEVGRU 01/20/10 - 08:35 pm
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So the open safe was reported

So the open safe was reported and no one acted. Who didn't act properly?? They need to go. I worked for MCG Public Safety for many years and I will say that administrations everywhere are not pro-active. You can tell them that somebody is going to die and they will not do anything until someone does.

yepjustlikethat
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yepjustlikethat 01/20/10 - 10:19 pm
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Sounds like Kendrick needs to

Sounds like Kendrick needs to be investigated.

yepjustlikethat
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yepjustlikethat 01/20/10 - 10:25 pm
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Wonder how much Kendrick gave

Wonder how much Kendrick gave his 'security guard' buds for keeping a watch out. Seems more than one probably got a piece of that pie.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 01/20/10 - 10:30 pm
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“This building, honestly, we

“This building, honestly, we thought was more secure based on the fact that we are here and there are security guards here,” Kendrick said. --- FAIL!

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