MODESTO, CA (AP) - Modesto is developing a policy for items employees find on the job after three public works employees were found to have sold about $2,500 worth of jewelry they came across while cleaning sewer lines.
The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office says the three, who have not been identified, will not face criminal charges.
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Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley tells the Modesto Bee there was no evidence the property was stolen nor any reason why the city workers would have known to whom it belonged.
The three workers apparently sold the items to a local gold dealer over two months. Police discovered their names during a routine audit of the dealer's books.
City spokesman Jim Arnold says Modesto is developing a policy on what employees should do when they find items on the job.
The Associated Press