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Parking meter money disappears

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 22 (UPI) -- A veteran city employee in Alexandria, Va., has been charged with siphoning $170,000 in coins from city parking meters, police say.

Parking meter repairman William J. Fell, 61, went to work before dawn each morning, well before his shift began, and emptied parking meters in Alexandria's Old Town area and then hid the coins in the trunk of his car, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

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By the time police caught up with Fell, they said his house looked like a Las Vegas casino with coins all over the place and paper money stored in zip-lock bags.

Last year Alexandria took in just over $1 million from its 1,040 parking meters but something seemed amiss, officials said.

"It didn't make accounting sense," said spokesman Tony Castrilli.

A supervisor became suspicious of Fell and began following him during his morning rounds, and then police installed a video camera in his truck.

Fell is being held in jail charged with two counts of embezzlement by a public official.

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