- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s attorney general has decided not to investigate the theft of $850,000 in parking meter coins.

Ridgewood’s police department will handle the case instead.

Former public works inspector Thomas Rica admitted last year that he stole $460,000 in parking meter quarters over a three-year period. But an audit later found $850,000 was unaccounted for.

Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld tells The Record (https://bit.ly/1Gn1jQb ) newspaper the police department will launch an investigation. Police will have the support of the Bergen County prosecutor and the attorney general’s office.

Sonenfeld says the town’s insurer will reimburse Ridgewood $764,000 to cover the amount of stolen quarters minus the restitution payments Rica has already made under the terms of his five-year probation.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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