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Two Anne Arundel workers charged with stealing county gasoline

Two Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Department employees are facing charges that they stole gasoline from the county government, using it to fuel up personal vehicles, police said Tuesday.

Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said police acted on a possible theft complaint from agency supervisors. Records obtained by detectives showed that certain employees' use of gasoline was "substantially higher" than average use, Mulcahy said. An investigation followed, and Mulcahy said the alleged thefts took place between January and May.

He said the maintenance workers appeared to be filling county gas containers with gas at county fuel sites, then using the fuel in their own vehicles. Criminal summonses were issued Saturday, court records show.

Preston Walter Perry, 44, of Lothian, was charged with theft of less than $100, police said. Jodie Frank Harbert, 44, of Glen Burnie, was charged with theft of less than $1,000 and theft scheme of less than $1,000, police said.

County spokesman Dave Abrams said the two remain county employees and that he couldn't comment further on personnel matters.

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