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Warren Leach faces charges for selling a city tractor to a local farmer.
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Warren Leach faces charges for selling a city tractor to a local farmer.

By Michael Pope

Warren Leach has been a city employee for 21 years, the last five of which he has been the division chief of Fleet Services.

But he was placed on unpaid administrative leave earlier this week after the Alexandria Police Department charged him with stealing a city-owned tractor and trailer and selling it to a local farmer for $3,500.

Leach made a brief appearance today in the Alexandria Circuit Court, where a status hearing was set for next week.

This is the third case of embezzlement to rock Alexandria in recent months. Other high-profile cases include a meter maid who was stealing quarters and a bus employee who was taking taxpayers for a ride.

City Manager Jim Hartmann says that the city government is a mirror of the general population, with just as many crooks and low-lifes.

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