Ex-Pittsburgh employee accused in thefts from police records waives preliminary hearing

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A former Pittsburgh city employee who investigators said confessed last fall to stealing thousands from the police records room waived a preliminary hearing today and will be arraigned in April.

Terri Randolph, 48, of Bon Air, worked as a part-time cashier in the Pittsburgh police records room. She is also accused of costing the city thousands of dollars by failing to deposit checks before they expired.

She is scheduled to be formally arraigned in April on charges of theft by unlawful taking and theft by failure to make required deposition of funds.

Her attorney, Blaine Jones, today filed papers waiving a preliminary hearing that had been scheduled for this morning.

According to a police criminal complaint, investigators said Ms. Randolph tried to repay some of the money "but things got out of control."

Pittsburgh robbery unit Detective Paul Kirby wrote in the compliant that Ms. Randolph, who had worked as a part-time cashier at the Municipal Courts Building Downtown since 1991, told a police lieutenant in December she needed to talk to him "regarding a terrible thing she had done and needed to clear her mind of."

She admitted that between October 2011 and November 2012 she had taken about $15,000 from the records room, according to the complaint.

An audit placed the amount of missing money at $17,140.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede.


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