D-49 bus shop supervisor accused of stealing fuel, parts

July 12, 2011

A Falcon School District 49 employee suspected of stealing nearly $10,000 worth of fuel and vehicle parts from the district has been arrested on suspicion of theft.

William Eacker, D-49 Transportation Department shop supervisor, was arrested May 23, according to the arrest warrant. He posted bond, set at $3,000.

The thefts included fuel and vehicle parts with an estimated value of $9,607.

According to the arrest warrant, a sheriff’s deputy was called to the district offices at 10850 E. Woodmen Road by Transportation Director Cindy Hardin, who said she had discovered an employee who had over several years ordered parts that did not fit any district vehicle.

The assistant director of the department told the deputy that the employee had apparently been taking fuel from the district pumps before his work shifts.

District 49 officials could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

According to court documents, Hardin told Deputy Mike Carroll in late April that she knew four employees who had found parts or supplies ordered and approved by Eacker. When questioned by Carroll, D-49 mechanics said certain parts did not fit vehicles in the fleet.

Hardin told Carroll that Eacker had done side jobs for department employees and charged them for parts and labor.

Assistant Transportation Director Mike Ingraham in early May told detectives that he was collecting invoices from purchase orders dating to March 2005,, according to court documents. Parts ordered from NAPA Auto Parts totalled an estimated $2,043.05. The total from B&L Supply Co. was $6,927.42.

Eacker routinely ordered parts for the district, and the estimated totals are for parts that do not work with district vehicles or are supplies not normally supplied by the district.

Ingraham provided detectives with fuel reports that indicated that in late spring, Eacker had pumped almost 300 gallons of fuel before his shift started at 4:30 a.m., documents said.

Eacker’s employee ID number was used to access the system to get the fuel, and Ingraham told the detective there was no reason for him to be pumping any fuel for any vehicles that early in the morning.

On Wednesday, District 49 Spokeswoman Stephanie Wurtz Meredith said Eacker was let go from district emplyment as soon as confirmation of the incidents was recevied by the district, whcih was sometime in May.

Contact the writer at 636-0162.

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