Meter Man steals from the City
St. Paul authorities are investigating whether an employee, who collects money from parking meters, has been stealing coins instead of turning all of them in, reported the Star Tribune on Wednesday.
A credit union notified police that the man was repeatedly dropping off large amounts of coins.
No charges have been filed, but a search warrant has been issued to investigate, the station said.
The Pioneer Press reported this same story, but with more details.
The search warrant was filed on Tuesday in Ramsey County District court, after the bank teller alerted police. The employee, Vincent Carl Schettner, 63, attracted the attention of a teller at the City and County Credit Union in St.Paul after noticing that Schettner brought in $1,200 on a weekly basis. The reasons he had so many coins were conflicting the teller told police.
"Schettner has worked for the city since 1970 and makes $21 emptying meters, said acting human resources director LeeAnn Turchin."
The money was not noticed missing, because it was hidden within the other raids that have been going on, said Bruce Beese, head of St. Paul's department of public works.
Four other tellers and City and County Credit Unions in St. Paul and Lake Elmo were also suspicious of the deposits made by Schettner.
Schettner told one teller that he worked with parking meters, and others assumed the city paid Schettner in coins.
Schettner worked along and drove the coins to the drop off at the traffic operations building on North Dale Street, said a city supervisor.