Official accused of stealing from parking meters

February 6, 2009 8:12:40 AM PST
A former parking official in a financially troubled Pennsylvania city is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from parking meters.Gary Stone Jr. was laid off last year as head of New Castle's parking authority. He was arraigned Thursday on theft charges. County officials say the 33-year-old New Castle resident reported that the meters collected $342 for all of 2006 and 2007. When police took over the meter collections for the first time last year, they took in more than $54,000. Stone's home telephone is unlisted and he has not returned a message left with relatives. New Castle was declared financially distressed last year under a state law designed to help struggling communities. The declaration led to Stone's layoff.

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