Baltimore DPW employee pleads guilty to scrap metal theft

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - A Baltimore City Department of Public Works employee pleaded guilty to stealing scrap meters and ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution to the city.

Bryan Curtis Richburg, 50, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty Dec. 11 2017 and was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison with all but time served suspended and three years supervised probation, as well as the restitution payments.

The Baltimore City Office of Inspector General received a complaint about water meters being stolen from storerooms at the Department of Public Works, beginning an investigation that would eventually lead to Richburg. Using targeted surveillance, investigators determined that in less than three years, Richburg stole 11.5 tons of mixed brass consisting of scrap water meters the city owned, depriving the city of more than $30,000 they would have received through a recycling contractor. 


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