Worker arrested for theft at landfill

Published 7:13 pm Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Columbus Public Works Department laborer has been arrested for using a city truck to steal from a building at the city landfill.

Police say 43-year-old Kenneth J. Smith was charged with petty larceny and burglary.

A patrol officer was checking the city landfill Saturday night when the officer noticed a vehicle parked outside the locked gate.

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Officers located a building at the landfill that had been entered and items taken, along with the city truck.

Officials say Smith has worked for the city for 18 years.