A dozen employees of Baltimore's Department of Transportation are accused of stealing nearly $60,000 in scrap metal, according to the Associated Press.
The employees allegedly took the heavy-gauge cable from the city and Baltimore Gas and Electric, says Baltimore City Inspector General David McClintock. In a report filed over the weekend, McClintock also claims the employees sold the cable for scrap "on city time with city vehicles."
In addition to the 12 employees — who have not been identified publicly — three supervisors have been suspended for up to 28 days without pay. The inspector general has recommended the employees be fired.
In response, the director of the city's department of transportation pledged to pay for an extra investigator in the inspector general's office who will focus exclusively on DOT.