An employee with the city of Macon is out of a job. This comes after a crime that happened earlier this year in the city's I.T. Department. Thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen from the department back in March of this year.
Employees of Macon's I.T. Department noticed their inventory shrinking in February of this year and told police. Authorities found that more than 50 computers were stolen, along with other I.T. equipment. Now a city worker is no longer employed because of the ongoing theft investigation.
"It is our understanding that one employee was either fired or resigned because of this incident," said Mike Cranford of Macon City Council.
Cranford could not specify how the employee is connected to the theft. The city lost an estimated $86-thousand after more than 75 pieces of I.T. equipment were stolen back in March. The stolen items include more than 50 computers, 20 laptops, and 40 monitors and after months passed by with no arrests, the council wants answers.
"It's not just the question of 57 stolen computers, but the huge breach of security through three different locked doors that would allow that to happen," said Rick Hutto of Macon City Council.
Macon Police Chief, Mike Burns, told the appropriations committee there are persons of interest in the case, but not enough evidence to arrest anyone at this point. Burns also says police continue to search for the stolen items.
"The computers that are missing have not surfaced anywhere so at pawn shops or anything like that so I think they are just going to have to continue to investigate until they're able to determine the location of the computers," said Cranford.
Hutto asked the chief for an update on the case and remains concerned about the progress of the investigation.
"How do you move that many computers? I mean they all are supposed to have serial numbers on them. I don't pretend to be a technological wiz, but even I know that you can't just move computers like that unless you can take off the serial numbers both internally and externally and so I would've thought that up until now that we would've heard something," said Hutto.
Councilman Hutto says council has not made any moves to replace the computers. Chief Burns would not release any further information about the case because it is ongoing.