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City employee going to jail for stealing 

Charles Lorenzen

An image of a Billy Goat High Weed Mower. Lorenzen was accused of stealing one from the city.

A former Paso Robles city employee is going to jail after being sentenced on May 29 for stealing city property. Former Building, Parks and Streets Maintenance Supervisor Charles Lorenzen reached a plea agreement with the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office that reduced the original charges of three felony counts of grand theft to a single count of misdemeanor petty theft.

Lorenzen was sentenced to 20 days in county jail, three years probation, a $300 fine, and $680 in restitution. He is currently free on bail and expected to begin his sentence July 28.

The court case shows Lorenzen was accused of stealing a Billy Goat High Weed Mower, a Husqvarna Edger, and a Husqvarna Rotating Tiller.

The Paso Robles Police Department completed its investigation of former city employee Charles Lorenzen and forwarded the case to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney for review.

Although Lorenzen, a Paso Robles city employee since July 2000, was investigated after officers with the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of possible criminal activity.

Lorenzen, 52, resigned from his position with the city of Paso Robles on Sept. 17, 2013.



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