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Atlanta councilwoman believes employees are stealing major equipment from city

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Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore wants answers. She wants someone held accountable for the numerous items stolen from the city's Watershed Department.

"One thing that I'm worried about is the fact that we are losing millions of dollars of equipment, tools and things we need that the city services and rate payers have paid for," said Moore.

Those stolen items include cell phones, meters, copper, other metals and even big tractors like a backhoe.

"I was quite shocked a backhoe is not something you can put in the trunk of your car and drive off on," Moore said. "I hear rumors from employees that's not the only one missing. There might be one or two other major pieces of equipment missing and we just don't know about it."

Moore requested audit of the department. On Monday council members unanimously approved it.

"What I ask is that we do an audit and not an audit from internally in the department but an independent auditor. She will use her in-house people as well as get some other security professionals to look at what's going on in the department, and give us some recommendations."

Moore said the city spent millions of dollars on security equipment for Watershed Management, but that investment is not paying off.

"We have allocated a lot of money for cameras and other security related devices, and we are not catching the people who are doing this."

Moore believes she knows why those security measures have not worked.

"It has to be an inside job."

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