Garfield Heights city employee caught stealing gas.
GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -
A local Mayor has some
fighting words for Carl Monday. At a Garfield Hts. Council meeting, Mayor Vic Covolla said he was "proud that I didn't get out of the car and
kick (Monday's) ass!
The Mayor was referring to
Monday's attempts to interview His Honor about a recent 19 Action News
undercover investigation in Garfield Hts. Monday and his team caught
Service Garage Supervisor Bryan Mahoney stealing gas from the city pumps.
Through his attorney, Mahoney
pleaded not guilty to the theft. But Monday's hidden camera video clearly
shows Mahoney filling up cans of gas on four occasions. The same cans
were found in Mahoney's Seven Hills garage.
A follow-up probe by Garfield
Hts. Police documented the theft of 120 gallons by Mahoney over twelve
different days. Police say they confiscated the cans from Mahoney's
garage during a surprise visit, during which Mahoney admitted to the theft.
At the council meeting, the
Mayor questioned Monday's investigative tactics, calling the reporter "a worm"
and "a piece of garbage." Cavolla claims Monday tried to pin blame for
the theft on him. The former Teamster official previously called Monday
A review of Monday's
attempted interview with the Mayor didn't support the allegations. Monday
is heard on the video telling the Mayor: "I have no indication you knew
about it. How did you respond to it when you first heard about it?"
At the council meeting,
Cavolla said he has ordered the city Law Department to investigate Monday for
sitting on the story, claiming he held "allowed the crime to go on for five
months, fully aware of what was going on."
But Monday says he never
received the tip until late February, and after documenting the theft on hidden
camera, he promptly turned the information over to Garfield Hts. Police Chief
The Mayor also had choice
words for the anonymous, presumed city employee who tipped Monday off about the
gas theft. Cavolla says the worker wanted to bring the city down "by
having more dirt thrown at us." The city has taken its lumps, only
recently being released from state oversight of its finances.
The Mayor did say that
Mahoney, a thirty year employee, will get his due if convicted. "The
employee was 100% wrong," Cavolla said of Mahoney. "He's the one that
disgraced the city, and he's going to pay. If found guilty he's going to
pay the price."
Mahoney has a pre-trial
scheduled next month. 19 Action News has been unable to track him down
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