PERRY -- Almost a year after two Warner Robins city employees were charged with stealing fuel from the citys private station, one case has been dismissed and an indictment handed down in the other case.
According to Houston County Superior Court records, a felony charge against Kenneth Wayne Allen was dropped April 1 and an indictment for felony theft was handed down for Jason Leon Jones on April 9.
Allen and Jones were arrested last May for taking unauthorized gas from the citys fuel station on Green Street. Both worked for the citys Public Works Department.
Jones, who admitted to police he had taken fuel to subsidize his personal gas bill for his commute from Danville, was subsequently terminated.
An indictment, dated April 9, has been filed on the one count of theft by taking by a fiduciary.
Allen, a work crew supervisor, had been placed on suspension until his case was disposed of. City Attorney Jim Elliott said per Allens notice, the dismissal makes him now eligible to work.
The court document for Allens case dismissal noted lack of sufficient evidence to prosecute.
According to the police report, the amount of gasoline Allen allegedly obtained from the fuel station raised suspicion. Officials said he had been working on a smaller project than another crew, but he received more than double the amount of fuel than the crew on the larger project.
He explained to police he was running two large diesel vehicles all day, every day.
Police also looked into a rumor Allen had sold fuel to friends at a local dealership. Allen and his friends denied the allegations.
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