3 DPW workers accused of stealing city property

INDIANAPOLIS - Three City of Indianapolis employees are accused of stealing scrap metal from a city facility and selling it, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

The three employees -- David Herre, 37, Terry Lee, 56, and Edward Lawson, 43 -- are each facing one felony count of theft and one felony count of official misconduct.

The men are accused of taking and selling scrap metal while they were working as mechanics for the Department of Public Works facility on Belmont Avenue.

"They are public employees, they are public servants. And they have abused that trust by taking money that would have flowed back to the city and re-used by the city to get new parts," deputy prosecutor Anne Harrigan said.

According to court documents, DPW supervisors became suspicious after reports showed the Belmont location had less scrap than other facilities, despite being a larger facility.

The men are believed to have taken and sold brake drums, brake rotors, fire apparatus pumps and copper wire.

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