Former city worker accused of theft CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

June 25, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

A former Westminster City employee who resigned last year without explanation has been summoned to face criminal charges tied to the theft of computer software registered to the city.

Kevin Charles Bode, of the 1400 block of Hallowell Lane in New Windsor, faces charges of theft over $300, destroying public records, accessing records without permission, and illegal access to a computer, according to documents filed in Carroll County District Court.

The documents said Mr. Bode removed a computer diskette containing a Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet program from a City Hall computer shortly before he resigned as a planning supervisor in early February 1992.

In March of this year, Mr. Bode bought a computer from Municipal Services Group and asked store owner Paul Cross to load some software into his new computer.

A store employee told Westminster police Lt. Dean A. Brewer that the registration that appeared on the screen as he loaded the program showed that the software was licensed to Westminster.

The store worker, who serviced city computers, said he had been told by the Westminster director of public works that the city was missing two sets of Lotus 1-2-3 programs and a WordPerfect 5.1 program, valued at a total of $1,290, court records said.

Mr. Bode was read his Miranda rights May 21 when he came to the Westminster Police Department at Lieutenant Brewer's request. He confessed then to taking one Lotus program, but denied taking the other Lotus program or the WordPerfect software, court records said.

A criminal summons was served on Mr. Bode Tuesday. He is scheduled to appear in court July 30, and his trial is scheduled Sept. 8.

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