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Business owner, lawyer say police should better investigate stealing case

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It’s a tough time for Lenard Beyerbach.

At 80-years-old, Lenard's not a computers kind-of-guy. At the Pagedale car lot he's owned for 15 years, he still does everything by hand.

That’s why he was shocked to learn months ago, dozens of his files were missing and the cash flow had dwindled down to a fraction of what it should be.

“I tried to put trust in her and I made a mistake,” Lenard said.

Lenard suspects a former employee took the files and started pocketing people's payments.

Even customers of his, like Alice Olliver, explained the employees' tactics.

“She said to me, never make a payment to Lenard,” Olliver said.

News 4 is choosing not to the name the employee, because she hasn't been charged with a crime.

But Lenard says that's the real problem.

Pagedale police officers, Lenard says, are letting her off the hook.

“I am very disgusted with them because it seems like they don't want to get involved, I don't know why,” he said.

Even former prosecutor Ryann Carmody, now representing Lenard in a lawsuit, can't understand.

“I am disappointed in how this is being handled,” Carmody said.

She says for months, she's practically begged the police for a copy of the report and for a deep investigation, but was told they simply didn't have the time to do it.

“This is an on-going crime and I can't get anyone to do anything about it,” she said.

She says she knows the police are busy but she's even given over plenty of evidence and she’s frustrated there's no charges.

“I believe as a prosecutor, this is at least a class c felony of stealing by deceit, and it could be more,” she said.

So News 4’ Lauren Trager went to the Pagedale City Hall.

The police department has been without a chief for three months, after Steven Haynes resigned in July.

The mayor said she had no comment.

Instead, News 4 sat down with the city's attorney. Sam Alton.

“What do you say to the claim that this wasn't investigated fully? Did the police department do their job?” asked Trager.

“Based on what I have seen and who I have spoken with, they did,” said Alton.

Alton says the police decided the case was too muddy to know if the employee actually stole from Lenard.

“The determination was made that this might be more of a civil matter than a criminal matter,” he said.

After News 4 stepped in, at least police will now give Lenard a copy of the report, but he still says that's far enough.

“I would like to see her pay back the money, I would like to see her get some time in jail,” Lenard said.

The city's attorney tells News 4 this case is not affected by the fact that Pagedale hasn't had a chief in three months.  Though he says they should have someone hired in the top spot soon.

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