Piedmont rec worker charged with embezzling

Posted: Sep 20 2017 02:13PM PDT

Updated: Sep 20 2017 03:07PM PDT

(KTVU) Piedmont - Here is KTVU crime reporter Henry Lee's Rap Sheet blog for Sept. 20, 2017:

PIEDMONT REC WORKER BUSTED: An employee of the city of Piedmont's Recreation Department has been arrested and charged with embezzling more than $15,000, court records show.

Terrance May Jr., 26, of Oakland admitted to taking payments from visitors to the city's pool on Magnolia Avenue and transferring payments to his Wells Fargo Bank account, Piedmont police wrote in an affidavit filed in Alameda County Superior Court.

Police say May embezzled $15,830 from July to August.

The Piedmont Recreation Department gave police non-monetary receipts processed at the pool and a list of employees who worked during that time frame.

"After reviewing the above-listed documents and speaking with several of the victims, | determined that suspect Terrance May was responsible for this loss," Piedmont police Detective Willie Wright wrote in the affidavit.

Wright wrote that he reviewed May's cell phone, "which housed a point of sale application that was used to commit this crime."

Alameda County prosecutors have charged May with embezzlement, grand theft by embezzlement and grand theft of personal property. 

Katharine Kewley of Piedmont is listed in the criminal complaint as one of the victims of the embezzlement.

In an interview, Kewley said she and her husband paid $100 for a series of water aerobics classes. She said the suspect apparently used a Square-type app on his phone. 

"I think it's dumb what he did," Kewley said. "It turned out to be pretty stupid. At the same time, he probably thought it was pretty clever."

She added, "I hope he learns his lesson before he gets into too much trouble."

Kewley noted that the city of Piedmont did not ask her to pay the fees a second time.

PEEPING TOM NEEDS ID: Alameda police are asking for the public's help in identifying a Peeping Tom.

From Sept. 9 to 14, the man's been spotted looking into the windows of homes between the 1600 and 1800 blocks of Santa Clara Avenue, in between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

In each case, residents were home and saw the man, who then fled.

Anyone with information is asked to call Alameda police at (510) 337-8340.

TWO WOMEN SOUGHT IN FRAUD CASE: Vacaville police have released pictures of two women they want talk to in connection with a fraud investigation.

The investigation began in August when a woman had her wallet stolen from her purse as she ate at Panera Bread. Her credit card was quickly used at a Safeway store in Fairfield. 

Police obtained surveillance video showing the two women going to different banks in Richmond, Vallejo and Woodland, where they withdrew money from the victim's savings account. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Vacaville police at (707) 469-4814.

MAN CHARGED IN HOMELESS CAMP KILLING: A man has been arrested and charged with shooting and killing a homeless man after stealing his bike at an Oakland encampment.

Curtis Standley, 28, has been charged by Alameda County prosecutors with murder, the special-circumstance of murder in the course of a robbery and being a felon in possession of a gun.

If convicted of killing Jason Michael Coleman, Standley could potentially face life in prison without the possiblity of parole or the death penalty.

On Sept. 14, Standley stole Coleman's bike at the homeless camp where Coleman lived at 42nd Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, authorities said.

As Standley rode away, Coleman caught up to him and tried to get the bike back, police said. Standley then pulled out a revolver and shot Coleman once in the chest, authorities said. The victim died at Highland Hospital in Oakland. 

Standley fled on foot but was spotted by witnesses, who flagged down BART police in the area. Officers arrested him near 38th Street and Telegraph Avenue.

Standley has previous convictions for car burglary and being a felon with a gun. 

You can see Henry Lee daily on KTVU. If you have a tip for Henry, send a email to Henry.Lee@foxtv.com or contact him on Twitter

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