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Former Port Coquitlam city worker charged with stealing copper piping

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A former employee with the City of Port Coquitlam Public Works has been charged after a Coquitlam RCMP investigation into alleged theft from the workplace. Postmedia

A 56-year-old former Port Coquitlam city worker has been charged with stealing copper piping from the public works department.

Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin says police began their investigation on July 13 after the city of Port Coquitlam complained that supplies of copper piping were being sold for scrap metal by city workers. The city alleged that workers were then keeping proceeds for themselves.

Harold Edward Lewis is facing a single count of theft under $5,000 in connection with an alleged May 17 theft of $500 worth of copper piping.

“There were allegations of a larger amount stolen, but at the end of the day there was just enough evidence to support criminal charges against one individual for $500 worth of (stolen piping),” McLaughlin said.

Lewis scheduled to make his first appearance in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on Dec 3.

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