Two arrested for stealing Jackson water - - Jackson, MS

Two arrested for stealing Jackson water

Percy Watkins & Marcus Banks.....Source: JPD Percy Watkins & Marcus Banks.....Source: JPD
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Two Jackson city employees are accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of water following an internal investigation.

"It's unethical," said Constance White. "The City of Jackson really needs to get control of some of the things going on around here."

35-year-old Marcus Banks is charged with felony embezzlement and 48-year-old Percy Watkins is charged with misdemeanor embezzlement.

People who work in Jackson said there are many problems the city faces dealing with water, from high water bills to internal problems and someone needs to be held accountable.

"The people are paid to take care of it need to take care of it soon," added White. "Nobody should have a $500 or $1,000 water bill. That's ridiculous. No one from the city should be stealing. So, here lies a problem and it needs to be solved."

Jackson police along with Mayor Tony Yarber says the Director of Public Works, Keisha Powell, filed a complaint on the two employees. JPD revealed the employees were stealing water and they also installed the device that aided in the process.

"In some cases we have found where folks have been stealing water over the past seven years that totals to about $14,000.00," said Mayor Yarber.

Yarber said an internal investigation has been on going and many more arrests could be made.

"We will proceed as soon as we have the burden of proof in hand with immediate terminations," added the mayor. "We are estimating anywhere from 20 to 30 terminations at this point and there could possibly be more."

If you have any information relating to the water theft crimes, call Crimestoppers at 601-355-TIPS.

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