Dinged! Cable Car Operator Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Riders’ Fares
(BANT) – Police say a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employee was arrested Wednesday in connection with the alleged theft of customer fares.
Cable car conductor Albert Williams, 61, of Napa County, was arrested on suspicion of felony misappropriation of public money and embezzlement, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. He’s being held at the county jail on $50,000 bail.
Officers with the San Francisco Police Department’s Muni Task Force began an investigation about two months ago after Muni officials reported the theft. During the investigation, officers identified Williams as a suspect.
As a cable car conductor, Williams was responsible accepting cash fares, issuing receipts and turning in the collected fares at the end of each of shift.
The investigation revealed that Williams was allegedly stealing cash he collected from cable car riders and then using various methods to conceal the true amount of cash collected, allowing him to keep hundreds of dollars in cash monthly, according to the district attorney’s office.
“The suspect’s conduct represents a violation of public trust,” police Chief William Scott said in a statement. “Our investigators moved quickly to gather evidence and build an extensive case to present to the District Attorney’s Office,” Scott said.
“As soon as we learned of improper activity, we referred the matter to our law enforcement partners, were able to identify a bad actor, and are moving now to ensure he no longer represents this agency and city on our iconic cable cars,” Muni’s Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin said in a statement. “Going forward we will immediately enhance management and oversight of our cash fare transactions and will explore long-term options such as eventually removing cash as an on-board payment option for our cable car system,” Reiskin said.