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Santa Rosa campus officer sentenced in theft of parking cash
SFGATE ^ | May 31, 2014 | Henry K. Lee

Posted on 06/01/2014 9:25:40 AM PDT by csvset

A former Santa Rosa Junior College police officer was sentenced last week to four years in prison for stealing at least $150,000 from campus parking machines to buy home furnishings and go on vacations and gambling trips, prosecutors said.

Jeffrey Holzworth, who was a 28-year veteran of the campus police force, pleaded guilty last month in Sonoma County Superior Court to grand theft and 11 counts of possession of stolen property. He was sentenced Thursday by Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: California
KEYWORDS: biggestgangintown; coolhandluke; cultureofcorruption; donutwatch; theft; thugwithabadge
Investigators believe Holzworth, 52, of Santa Rosa stole even more - at least $287,000 between 2005 and 2012

That's a good amount of pocket change.

1 posted on 06/01/2014 9:25:40 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

What’s crazier than doing this at all, is that he got away with it for years and years. Another example of a system that’s almost “too big to succeed in it’s present form”. Somebody else was likely getting their palms greased and their bread buttered along the way.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 9:33:17 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

No one thought that it was strange that the meters brought in less than expected?


3 posted on 06/01/2014 9:34:34 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset
In honor of Cool Hand Luke, Joy Harmon's car wash scene.

Car Wash scene from Cool Hand Luke

4 posted on 06/01/2014 9:36:58 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

The Title Officer didn’t think it strange that he paid for a house in quarters?


5 posted on 06/01/2014 9:38:08 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Vote for a gay African Marxist for POTUS? Sure. What could go wrong?)
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To: csvset

Still gets his pension?


6 posted on 06/01/2014 9:39:45 AM PDT by rsobin
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To: csvset
No one thought that it was strange that the meters brought in less than expected?

They probably thought it was due global warming.

7 posted on 06/01/2014 9:40:25 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: csvset

If you only steal 10% of the take, it’s hard to tell.


8 posted on 06/01/2014 9:43:16 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: rsobin
Could be, don't know.

Fwiw, with the claims of $287,000 between 2005 and 2012, that's an average of $41,000 a year.

I have to wonder, did Santa Rosa make any money ? LOL

9 posted on 06/01/2014 9:44:24 AM PDT by csvset
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Jeffrey Holzworth, who was a 28-year veteran of the campus police force

What do you bet that this crook will still get his pension?

10 posted on 06/01/2014 9:45:14 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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Is that covered by state law, or a judgement call by some bureaucrat?


11 posted on 06/01/2014 9:46:28 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: csvset

And now he gets an expensive parking space in jail. Has he been made to payback any of the stolen loot? Lieberals enjoy ripping off college students.


12 posted on 06/01/2014 9:47:12 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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That is $170 per day assuming a five day working week, two weeks vacation and some holidays.

And that’s “after taxes” income.


13 posted on 06/01/2014 9:52:49 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: lee martell

I used to repair ATM’s for my bank as a side income. We always worked in pairs to prevent theft. One time we opened a machine and the “extra” cash totaled almost $200,000. That was actually a security breach to have that much money in an ATM, even if it WAS embedded in the bank’s brick wall.

The problem is that even with two people you run the risk of flight or collusion if the incentive is great enough. In our case, we didn’t even think of it. When you deal with that much cash all the time, you don’t even see it as money. Literally.


14 posted on 06/01/2014 9:56:18 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: csvset

There was this parking meeter manager in a NJ township that emptied the meters each week and put the money in coffee cans. Because no one asked him to do anything with them other to collect the coins. He used a lot of coffee cans!!

They hired a new town manager and found the “20 year stash” of coins in a warehouse.

More to the story.... There was not one silver coin in the whole stash......Good management by the meter collector..... Town could never prove a thing....


15 posted on 06/01/2014 9:57:57 AM PDT by primatreat ("I suffer too" .My Obamacare medical plan ($380/month) being taken out of MY SSI check SUCKS!)
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To: csvset

Why not issue students parking permit display decals? They pay a monthly or semester parking fee and no machines would be necessary.
Ah but you can bet the campus ‘projects’ it rakes in more gelt with the coins in machines. Like the student sky high tuitions aren’t sufficient enough cash cows already?


16 posted on 06/01/2014 9:59:14 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: nascarnation

My guess is it is covered by a union contract.


17 posted on 06/01/2014 10:02:11 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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18 posted on 06/01/2014 10:18:14 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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“The investigation began after Holzworth was “observed collecting money while off duty and at odd hours,”

How many years did they investigate?


19 posted on 06/01/2014 10:52:24 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: cuban leaf

“The problem is that even with two people you run the risk of flight or collusion if the incentive is great enough.”

I’ve seen companies where they have policies that prevent hiring of relatives in order to prevent collusion; it is a misguided practice (with the exception of spouses, because under US law one can’t be compelled to testify against the other). In the meantime, I see de facto theft by managers hiring their friends for fabricated positions with no responsibilities at all (literally playing solitaire all day, interrupted only by lunch).


20 posted on 06/01/2014 1:25:59 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: csvset

But did he get to keep his pension?


21 posted on 06/01/2014 2:46:24 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: csvset

He was just augmenting his salary...


22 posted on 06/01/2014 5:41:29 PM PDT by refermech
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