$21,000 missing impound lot cashier indicted

She was suspended from job last week

April 12, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A cashier at the police impound lot on Pulaski Highway has been indicted on felony theft charges after a lengthy investigation into more than $21,000 in missing money, police and prosecutors said yesterday.

Brenda Locklear, who has worked since 1981 for the Department of Public Works, which runs the lot, was indicted Monday on one count of felony theft. She was suspended a week ago without pay, according to a DPW spokesman. She earns $28,697 a year.

"We had uncovered this awhile ago," a DPW source said. "A supervisor noticed a few things that seemed suspicious and called in police."

Prosecutors and Circuit Court clerks refused to release the indictment documents or comment publicly on the case, saying the assembling of the public court file had not been completed.

Saundra E. Banks, the Circuit Court clerk, said the file does not have to be released immediately.

"It is a public document," she said. "It is not ready yet for us to give out. You can call it a cover-up if you want to. We have a reasonable amount of time to produce that document for you, and you have not given us a reasonable amount of time."

A city police source said $21,219 was reported taken from November through March. He said Locklear supervised eight other cashiers, who collect money from people who pay to get their car out of the impound lot, called City Yard.

The source said investigators had not interviewed Locklear and were not certain how the alleged scheme worked.

Pub Date: 4/12/97

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