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Transit supervisor arrested for theft

DECATUR -- Every day, hundreds pay their way around town.
DECATUR -- Every day, hundreds pay their way around town. But police say thousands of your bus fare dollars went straight into the pocket of a transit employee.

Police say 56-year old Mark Gordon has been stealing money for three years. An investigation found he stole more than $170,000 in fares.

Gordon was a maintenance supervisor for Transit Management. Police say he admitted to stealing the money to feed his gambling addiction.

The investigation started when a transit administrator noticed something strange in a recent audit. More than $96,000 was missing.

Police installed a surveillance camera near the office where bus fare is held in a vault. They say Gordon was caught on tape on several occasions going into the office at odd hours. The recordings showed him leaving with a bag of what police later found to be full of one dollar bills, loose change and bus fare coins.

"It wouldn't be right to steal from people who actually struggle to make money to put in there to catch the bus to work or to school. It's like you're stealing from everyone else who actually tries to contribute," said passenger Akea Taylor.

In a sworn statement, Gordon told police he had been stealing money from the vault once every two weeks for the past three years. Gordon bonded out of jail and had no comment. He's due in court next month.
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