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Former city worker accused of stealing gas

METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) -

An ex-employee of the city of Metropolis is accused of stealing gas from the city.

A Metropolis officer saw a white van pull out of the parking lot where the city gas pumps are located and drive the wrong way down a one way street on North Avenue at 3:38 a.m. on Wednesday.

Police say the driver failed to stop for a stop sign on 8th Street and Ferry Street.

As the van turned onto 7th Street, police say the driver threw a gas can out the window.

When the van did stop, the officer found two more gas cans in the van.

The police department had received previous reports of a white van pumping gas from the city pumps. 

Police say the driver had just stolen 14.9 gallons of gasoline, and was in possession of a key to the pumps. 

Frederick D Nackley, 43, of Joppa is an ex-employee (summer temp) of the City of Metropolis. 

He is charged with a felony count of theft of government property, driving the wrong way down a one way street and disobeying a stop sign.

Nackley was taken to the Massac County Detention Center. 

Chief of Police Harry Masse says he hopes this sends a strong and clear message that they will not tolerate anybody stealing resources paid for by the taxpayer. 

Chief Masse urges citizens to report any suspicious activity. 

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