(KMOV) – A St. Louis parking lot attendant has been accused of pocketing money from customers, and police say she is part of a ring of employees who worked together to steal.
Susan M. Stewart, 49, of St. Louis, was charged Wednesday with 12 felony counts of stealing and one misdemeanor count of stealing.
Stewart, an employee with the Office of the Treasurer for the City of St. Louis, is accused of taking money from customers in exchange for a parking ticket but did not turn that money over to the treasurer’s office on three different occasions; October 2012 to April 2013.
The total amount Stewart is accused of taking on each date was over $500.
“The numbers weren't adding up, every car goes over a loop, those weren't adding up with the amount of money we were collecting, so we contacted the police,” said St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones
According to authorities, Stewart was assigned to the office in the Kiel Garage on Clark Avenue during October 2012 to April 2013. The other employees took money from customers, didn’t give them tickets and then kept the money rather than turning it into the treasurer’s office. Stewart would raise and lower the parking lot gates remotely from the Kiel Garage office.
“I think people feel they are cheated when public employees steal from the government so we are accountable at the end of the day to the citizens of St. Louis,” said Jones
She is the fifth parking lot employee to be charged this year. In April, four others were charged with multiple counts of felony theft; William Draper, Blake Noise, Charles Roberson and Princeton White. Phone records, text messages and statements from those employees show Stewart received a share of the stolen money, court records say.
Stewart has been on administrative leave since April.