A high-ranking manager for Montgomery County's facilities department was arrested yesterday after police raided his home and seized what they said was stolen county equipment.
Jesus Gonzalez Almario, 33, of 13132 Dairy Maid Rd. in Germantown, was employed as the chief of engineering services for the county's facilities department at the time of his arrest. The department maintains the country's office buildings.
According to police, a search warrant was served on Almario yesterday morning at 7 a.m. Police seized an unreported amount of county property and equipment in the house. The estimated value of the stolen property could not immediately be determined. "Some items were still in boxes," said police spokesperson Nancy Moses.
Yesterday's arrest was the culmination of a six-week investigation conducted by the Montgomery County check and fraud division. Police began the investigation after receiving a tip from another county employe. The probe into stolen county property is continuing, police said yesterday.
A spokesman for the facilities department said it was responsible for maintaining the county's buildings, as well as the hiring of janitors and architects.The facilities department owns county offices, leases space and also handles county office equipment such as calculators and other supplies.
A county spokesman said yesterday that Almario, a $30,270 a year employe, has worked for the county government since March 1970.
The spokesman said Almario was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the results of the investigation.
According to one county official. Almario had signature authority to authorize the purchase of supplies from the county's purchasing department.
If convicted of larceny Almario could face a $1,000 fine and up to 15 months in jail. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.