CREST HILL – A former Crest Hill public works employee was arrested after he allegedly stole several pieces of equipment from the city, including a sump pump and copper weight, police said.
On Feb. 23, Brian M. Webb, 37, of the 1900 block of Connie Drive in Crest Hill was charged with theft of between $500 and $10,000 in connection with the incident.
Webb was booked into the Will County jail. His bond was set at $15,000. Web posted bail for his release from jail the following day.
Webb, a Crest Hill public works employee, allegedly stole a sump pump, humidifier, space heater and copper weight, Crest Hill Police Chief Ed Clark said. City staff noticed the equipment was missing and reported it to the police on Jan. 25, Clark said.
“As soon as it was discovered, it was handled appropriately,” Clark said.
On Feb. 27, Webb entered a plea of not guilty to the theft charge. He is scheduled to be arraigned on April 16.
Clark said he didn’t know why Webb allegedly took the equipment for himself. Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman said in the course of the investigation, Webb admitted to taking some of the items. He was fired when he was arrested, Soliman said.
“I’m very disappointed at what had taken place here,” Soliman said.
According to the city’s latest salary report, Webb was a full-time employee and earned $67,870 a year.