Three ex-DPW workers guilty of theft

DPW plow trucks
A former DPW employee was accused of stealing and selling brake drums, brake rotors, fire apparatus pumps and copper wire. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – All three former Department of Public Works employees facing charges for stealing scrap metal from a city facility have been found guilty, according to the Marion County Prosecutor, Terry Curry.

Officials reported that Terry Lee and David Herre agreed to plead guilty to theft and official misconduct, and Edward Lawson pleaded guilty to theft.

The three defendants were convicted for stealing scrap metal while working as mechanics at the DPW Belmont facility and selling it for personal gain.

24-Hour News 8 reported that Lee pleaded guilty and was convicted on March 5 for taking part in the scheme. It has now been reported that the other two, Herre and Lawson, were also found guilty.

Each of the ex-DPW workers have been sentenced to a year of suspension, 80 hours of community service and restitution to the city.

“Employee theft causes significant loss for businesses, and in cases such as this, taxpayer funded agencies. I encourage anyone to report employee theft to a police agency and hold the individual responsible,” Prosecutor Curry stated. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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