Muni Painter Arrested on Suspicion of Stealing City Gas

A San Francisco Municipal Transportation employee was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of gasoline from the city, police said today.

In June, police received a complaint from the SFMTA and began investigating the employee, identified as Osvaldo Lugo, 59, of Lathrop in San Joaquin County, police said.

Investigators discovered that Lugo had allegedly been filling his personal vehicle with the city’s gasoline for the last year, amounting to thousands of dollars in gas, police said.

On Friday police arrested him on suspicion of grand theft and embezzlement. He was booked into county jail.

According to public employee records, Lugo was a painter who was paid $84,451 in 2013.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

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