Muni Mechanic Edmund King Busted, Charged in Transfer-Selling Sting
The San Francisco Police Department today announced it netted Muni mechanic Edmund King in a sting operation targeting the theft of stolen and illegally resold late-night transfers.
The July 15 sting culminated an operation initiated in March by the SFPD Muni task force; Along with King, who allegedly stole the transfers, a man named Leeroy Gutierrez was also arrested.
Police spokesman Sergeant Troy Dangerfield said King was charged with possession of stolen property and conspiracy -- both felonies -- as well as theft. Gutierrez, who has a prior conviction, was charged with conspiracy, receiving stolen goods, and petty theft.
Our messages for Muni were not returned. Muni spokesman Paul Rose did tell SF Streetsblog, however, that the agency will attempt to discharge King pending a civil service hearing -- and he is not welcome around the office.
Update, 3:30 p.m.: Per the district attorney's office, Guiterrez was charged with one felony count of possession of stolen property, and one misdemeanor count of possessing a knife. His maximum jail sentence is three years for the felony and six months for the misdemeanor. Bail is set at $10,000; he is still in custody.
King is charged with one felony count of possession of stolen property and one felony count of embezzlement by a public employee. The former charge could carry a three-year sentence and the latter could range from 16 months to three years. He made his $33,000 bail.
Update, 5:50 p.m.: Muni spokesman Paul Rose reports that Edmund King worked 24 years for Muni. He was earning roughly $130,000 a year.
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