(KMOV) – A St. Louis County school custodian is accused of cleaning out a safe at a Hazelwood school.
Stephen Anthony, 25, was charged with felony stealing after he was caught on camera removing cash from a safe at the Hazelwood North Middle School. He was charged with stealing a total of $2,200 from the school.
After school officials noticed money disappearing from the Hazelwood North Middle school, the school resource officer installed a security camera which recorded Anthony removing cash from the safe.
They say he claimed to have found some keys and then used them individually and found the one that unlocked the safe.
Anthony confessed to authorities to not only the stealing accusations but also to a series of thefts taking place during the schools’ winter break.
Police say these kinds of “inside jobs” happen everywhere, even at schools.
Officer Randy Vaughn of the St. Louis County Police Department said.”It’s a well-known event throughout this country. You have to be careful when you bring people in, and you have to take steps to safeguard things that are important to your district, in this case.”
The Hazelwood School District refused to make a comment regarding personnel matters.
Anthony was arrested and released on a $10,000 bond.
If convicted he could face up to seven years in prison.