More stolen quarters
A ways back – there was a story about a million dollars in quarters apparently missing from the coffers of the Hoboken Parking Utility.
Well, Hoboken411 reader Manolo sent the following note in:
Even low level employees are nicking coins!
(story: the Jersey Journal’s Tom Shortell.)
Two Hoboken Parking Authority employees busted for allegedly stealing quarters from meters
“Hoboken Public Safety Director Bill Bergin said tonight two Hoboken Parking Authority employees were arrested Saturday for allegedly stealing quarters from meters. Police arrested two Hoboken Parking Authority employees yesterday for allegedly stealing quarters from meters after someone spotted them pocketing coins, officials said.
The suspicious observer called police after seeing Luis Camacho of Garden Street, Hoboken, and Antonios Zazakos of Griffith Street, Jersey City, put some coins into an official Parking Authority bucket, but then hold on to the rest, police said.
The pair were taken into police custody and questioned, where they admitted they were stealing the money, said Hoboken Public Safety Director Bill Bergin.
Police arrested the pair at 4:30 p.m. and charged them with theft of moveable property and official misconduct, Bergin said. Both Camacho, 50, and Zazakos, 29, had their bails set at $25,000.
Bergin did not say how much money was stolen or how long Camacho and Zazakos had been allegedly pocketing quarters. A police report would be made available tomorrow.
Bergin said the Parking Authority compares amounts brought in against meter averages to check if employees are skimming off the top.
Camacho and Zazakos had not been under suspicion until the tip came in, he said. “Without the caller, we probably never would have been able to catch these guys,” Bergin said.”