Two City of Long Beach employees were arrested in connection with stolen street and roadway signs.
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Thomas O’Brien, 26, and Ivan Maxwell, 28, were arrested and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, the Long Beach Police Department announced Wednesday. Police said O’Brien and Maxwell stole 323 pounds of city-owned aluminum signs and took them to a local scrap metal yard, where they were paid $171 for the signs.
LBPD Commissioner Michael Tangney said police received a tip about the stolen signs and acted immediately to investigate the alleged theft.
“These two employees abused the taxpayers’ trust by stealing city property,” City Manager Jack Schnirman said in a statement about the arrests. “This type of behavior will never be tolerated, and the two employees have been fired.”The city said the investigation into the stolen signs and other unidentified missing city property is ongoing and more arrests are expected.