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Two city workers charged with stealing gas
May 16, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Leopoldo Egcasenza

Juan Alvarez

Two different public employees in two different Peninsula cities stole thousands of dollars worth of gas by fueling up personal vehicles at city pumps, according to prosecutors.

But while the cases of Leopoldo Gaudenico Egcasenza, 62, and Juan Gonzales Alvarez, 52, have similarities, their cases took different turns. Egcasenza, a 30-year Public Works employee in Burlingame, pleaded no contest to one felony count of theft of government property in return for no more than four months jail. He received 45 days jail, three years of supervised probation and an order to repay the city of Burlingame $5,107.93. He surrenders June 28 and remains free on a $15,000 bail bond.

Alvarez, of Menlo Park, declined to settle his case and returns to court June 5 for a preliminary hearing estimated to last an hour.

Egcasenza, 62, took 1,409 gallons of gas worth $5,107.93 between July 2010 and Oct. 26, 2013, according to prosecutors. The improper fueling was discovered during a routine audit when a supervisor reportedly noticed Egcasenza gassing up during his off-duty hours and, after being confronted, admitted using the pump for his personal use once a week for three years.

Alvarez allegedly used Menlo Park city pumps 23 times over a four-month stretch in 2012, taking 503 gallons valued at $1,786.35. During a search of his home, Menlo Park police reported finding a stolen Menlo Park police officer badge that had been attached to a jacket reported stolen.

Alvarez is free from custody on his own recognizance.

 

 

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