October 22, 2013
THE REGION
Metro employee charged with theft

A Metro station manager has been charged with embezzlement for allegedly collecting paper fare cards from transit customers and letting them leave the subway system through open gates, authorities said.

Kenneth Peters, 44, a station manager in Northern Virginia who has worked for the transit system since 1999, was arrested by Metro Transit Police on Oct. 16, and charged with felony embezzlement, authorities said. WRC-TV (Channel 4), which first reported the arrest on its Web site, said Peters allegedly stole close to $500 in fare credits.

Peters is accused of taking advantage of riders who had insufficient credit on their paper fare cards to leave the subway system. Instead of instructing them to use add-fare machines, he allegedly allowed them to leave after pocketing their fare cards.

Peters then transferred the relatively small amount of credit on each paper card to two SmarTrip cards “for the purpose of reselling them,” Metro said in a statement. He allegedly accumulated nearly $500 in credits on the SmarTrip cards.

“The fraudulent activity in this case is an affront to all Metro employees,” Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik said. Metro said Peters was suspended from his job after the arrest.

— Paul Duggan

THE DISTRICT
Police seek two in school break-in

D.C. police are searching for two people caught on surveillance video breaking into an elementary school in Northeast Washington and stealing more than two dozen laptop computers, authorities said.

The break-in occurred about 11:45 a.m. Oct. 6 at Maury Elementary School in the 1200 block of Constitution Avenue NE in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, police said.

Police did not say how the two young males entered the school. The video shows the two males,wearing jeans and with their shirts over their heads, walking down a hallway. One enters a room and emerges with a bag. They’re both seen going into another room and wheeling a cart into the hall. Later, they are seen leaving the building with the cart, a duffel bag and a shopping bag.

D.C. police said 25 Dell laptop computers, valued at $300 to $600 each, were taken.

Anyone with information is urged to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099 or send a text message to the department’s tip line at 50411. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

— Peter Hermann

VIRGINIA
NVCC student accosted in Loudoun

A female student at the Loudoun County campus of Northern Virginia Community College was accosted near the campus Monday night by a male stranger who hugged and kissed her. A similar incident had occurred a little earlier on the campus, the county sheriff’s office said.

The off-campus incident occurred between 7:20 and 8 p.m; the on-campus incident occurred about 7 p.m., authorities said. The campus is in the the Sterling area.

In the second incident, the man was described as white or possibly Hispanic and in his 20s. In both incidents, the man was described as being about 5 feet 6 inches, with an athletic build and short black hair. He wore a dark t-shirt and striped shorts.

— Martin Weil

Man who died in fall is identified

Authorities investigating the fatal fall of a man from a building’s roof in Herndon on Oct. 14 identified the man Tuesday.

Lt. Jim Moore of the Herndon police said Pablo Aquino, 38, of Hyattsville worked for a roofing and sheet-metal contractor.

Moore said Aquino was working on a roof-replacement job in the 900 block of Herndon Parkway when he lost his footing and fell off the four-story building.

Moore said the criminal investigations section of the Herndon police and a safety and health officer from the state Department of Labor and Industry investigated Aquino’s death.

— Victoria St. Martin

Deal reached to build baseball stadium

A deal has been reached to build a minor league baseball stadium on Fredericksburg property previously designated as the site of a national slavery museum.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star said the Hagerstown Suns, the Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, and Diamond Nation reached an agreement with the museum organization and its largest creditor to buy 38 acres along Interstate 95.

The contract was signed 10 days before the slavery museum land was scheduled to be sold at public auction because of the organization’s failure to pay city real estate taxes. Fredericksburg Treasurer Jim Haney said the auction will be postponed while details of the deal are finalized. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the city will get the roughly $450,000 it is owed.

— Associated Press

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