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City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Employee Arrested

Los Angeles: A City employee and a City resident were both arrested after a lengthy investigation into gasoline thefts from City fueling facilities.

In April 2012 Southeast Detectives received information that someone was stealing gasoline from City fueling facilities and the suspect was possibly a Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks employee.  Surveillance was set up on fuel stations at Southeast  and 77th Street Area Community Police Stations and a Department of Transportation fueling site.  After many hours of surveillance two suspects were identified.

On May 21, 2012, 46-year-old Michael Anthony Lee, a 12-year veteran of the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, assigned to Algin Sutton Recreation Center, and an accomplice, 47-year-old Shane Anthony Gansterer, a resident of Los Angeles, were arrested by Southeast Detectives.  Lee was booked for Embezzlement and is being held on $50,000 bail.  Gansterer was booked for Receiving Stolen Property and is being held on $20,000 bail.  Lee was reportedly on duty when the thefts occurred.  He is believed responsible for stealing more than 800 gallons of gasoline over a three month period of time.     

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Southeast Detective Division, Detective Michael Hansen at (213) 972-7813.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

Comments

It is sad that Lee was probably a good employee and decided to tempt fate and challange the odds.

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