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Mr. Stessel cited the implementation of a computerized inventory tracking system to better match employees with signed-out equipment and heighten enforcement of restrictions governing the use of Metro purchase cards.

According to the report, the unnamed employee was able to retire in March 2010, with benefits provided by a union, not Metro’s retirement benefits program. In a January 2010 grievance letter accompanying the report, the employee wrote of his “involuntary termination” and that he wanted to explain his actions.

The employee noted in the letter that he had consented to a search of his house. He said he had several broken laptops he was trying to fix and that other equipment was being stored at home while he moved between offices. The employee wrote that he “always tried to give 110-percent toward Metro.”

“I now fully realize I should not have mixed my personal vehicle and home with ATC business,” he added.

The employee also came under scrutiny for numerous questionable transactions involving his Metro-issued purchase card, including a $40 to $50 bag for his fiancee, near weekly purchases at Giant or Safeway supermarkets and other purchases at Best Buy and Wal-Mart, records show.

Metro's Office of Inspector General traced one purchase for more than $800 to a 32-inch computer monitor that investigators saw in the employee’s kitchen. The report said a child was watching a movie on the monitor when investigators searched the residence.

In addition, an external computer hard drive that also belonged to Metro contained numerous downloaded movies, the report found.

An internal review conducted within weeks of the start of the investigation listed 645 items of Metro-owned property from the automatic train control branch that could not be located. The list did not include the items recovered from the unnamed employee’s house, the report said.

“An employee in ATC advised that other ATC employees took equipment home,” the report said. Immediately after inspectors recovered property at the employee’s house, “other ATC employees began to bring into the office Metro-owned equipment that they had apparently been keeping at home,” the report said.

The unnamed employee ultimately admitted that he took home 74 pieces of Metro property, but told investigators he was only storing the items and did not intend to keep them. Investigators disagreed, saying the generator had been taken years earlier and that other items in the house were located in the home’s basement with clothing and debris piled on top of them.

“The manner in which the items were kept throughout the house commingled with … personal property and the fact that many of the items were hidden underneath clothes and debris does not reflect intent to store items temporarily for safekeeping,” the report concluded.