St. Croix security guard accused of stealing tires from government vehicle


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ST. CROIX - It took very minimal investigation this week before police found the person who swapped out four brand new tires and rims from a government vehicle and replaced them with the old ones from their personal vehicle.

Andrew Miller of Estate Peter's Rest was arrested and charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property after police said he admitted to stealing the tires while he was working as a security guard at the Government Employees Retirement System complex.

According to the report filed by V.I. Police Officer Michael Jules, officers were called to the Casino Control Commission office in Golden Rock on Wednesday after a report that four tires had been stolen from the agency's vehicle - a white Ford Explorer - while it was parked at the nearby GERS lot.

One of the employees told Jules he parked the vehicle at the lot some time last week with new tires, and when he returned to the vehicle on Wednesday, the employee realized that the tires were replaced with old tires and dirty rims and that the tires were deflated, according to the police report.

Jules said in his report that police went to make contact with the private security officer who was on duty the night the tires were last seen on the vehicle. Jules said he went to Miller's home and found that Miller's vehicle, a black Ford Explorer had been outfitted with the brand new tires and rims.

Jules said when he spoke with Miller, Miller said he had taken the tires from the government vehicle while he worked to secure the GERS location overnight on Monday.

Miller told police that while he did take the tires, he had not intended to keep them, and he planned to return them as soon as he had gotten paid next week.

Miller was arrested and his bail was set at $35,000.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi

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