Port Orange, FL-Port Orange officials are giving more details on the case of a now ex-employee charged with stealing from the city. Police say 48-year-old Arden Gregory, who was a part-time employee, allegedly stole city-owned property on three occasions that were reported to be caught on videotape. Gregory also had a previous criminal history that was known at the time he was hired after a background check.
Gregory was employed by Port Orange from July 27 to November 14, 2016. He is charged with three counts of grand theft for alleged thefts of video equipment. Gregory had a clean record for five years before he was hired by Port Orange. City officials hired him because he was familiar with the video setup and was going to be supervised to “mitigate any risk.”
A statement from Port Orange today says the City is “compassionate and believes that individuals with promise should be given a chance to redeem themselves.”
City officials say Gregory was able to “abscond with” another employee’s key to get “off-duty access” to a Port Orange video production site where he was able to take the items and then, according to the City statement, pawn them. The City has now changed the key management program in an effort to keep that from happening in the future.
City Manager Michael H. “Jake” Johansson says in the statement sent to news media today, “In this case, Mr. Gregory let the city down, let me down and most importantly, let himself down.”
A check of the Volusia County Branch Jail website shows Gregory remains in custody.
Gregory jail booking photo
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