North Liberty custodian charged with stealing

Cedar Rapids man caught on camera set by city employees

Erin Jordan
Published: September 28 2011 | 2:45 pm - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 1:21 am in

NORTH LIBERTY — A custodian who had worked for the City of North Liberty for a couple of years was charged Tuesday with stealing $235 from a city office.

Ronald G. Dighton, 49, of 3207 Johnson Ave., Apt. 3, Cedar Rapids, is charged with fourth-degree theft based on allegations he stole the cash from the North Liberty City Hall, at 3 Quail Creek Plaza, early Tuesday.

City Hall employees had told police they had noticed several thefts from the front office, so they installed a camera and motion sensor for non-business hours. Employees also instituted cash counts at the beginning and end of each day.

The clerks were notified of an alarm on the system Tuesday morning and the camera caught Dighton behind the counter at 5:40 a.m., police reported. There was $235 missing from the till.

While criminal complaints state Dighton admitted to police that he took the money from City Hall, Dighton denied ever making an admission to police in e-mails to SourceMedia Group.

North Liberty Police Chief Jim Warkentin said he doesn’t know whether Dighton is involved in other petty cash thefts from city offices in recent months. The camera and alarm system was only recently installed.

“At this time, this is all we can prove,” he said.

Fourth-degree theft is a serious misdemeanor punishable for up to one year in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. Dighton has been released on bond.

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