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5/6/10

Former City employee charged with credit card abuse

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Lubbock Police searching city employees property for items purchased with stolen city money Lubbock Police searching city employees property for items purchased with stolen city money
John Cobb in April 2010 interview with KCBD NewsChannel 11 John Cobb in April 2010 interview with KCBD NewsChannel 11

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police make arrests every day, but it's not often they arrest a city employee for stealing from the city.

John Cobb worked for the city for 17 years and most recently served as the City of Lubbock's Solid Waste Manager at the landfills.

On April 23rd, Cobb's supervisors noticed some suspicious charges on his city credit card like a roll-up door and carport kit.  Cobb said they were for the landfill, but when city officials investigated they discovered these items were not being used by the city, so they fired Cobb.

"There was an administrative matter taken up against him that resulted in his termination on April 29th," said City of Lubbock Public Information Director, Jeff McKito.

Then, the Lubbock Police Department took up the criminal part of the investigation.  "It doesn't matter if you're a city employee, or a bank employee, or whatever.  Employers rarely tolerate theft out of their employees," said Captain Greg Stevens.

Thursday morning police arrested Cobb at his home where they found a shed and carport they think he purchased using city funds.  Police say the purchases are worth thousands of dollars, and they could find more as the investigation continues.

Police charged Cobb with credit card abuse, which is a felony that could carry up to two years in jail.  They say he could also face other charges like theft.

Police and City of Lubbock employees spent Thursday morning tearing down the parking structure and shed.  Police have taken the materials as evidence, but they say later the City of Lubbock could sell them to try and recoup some of their loss.

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