Perry County employee quits after theft charge

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ An employee of southern Illinois’ Perry County has resigned after being charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing gasoline.

WSIL-TV reports 64-year-old Paul “Butch” Stern of Sunfield stepped down from his job Thursday with the county assessor’s office.

WSIL says the local newspaper’s publisher, Jeff Egbert, caught Stern on camera pumping gas into his county vehicle July 14 at a Du Quoin convenience store, then filling up containers in his trunk. Egbert then reportedly saw Stern drive back o his property.

The criminal complaint accuses Stern of knowingly exerting unauthorized control over government property by intending to deprive the county of gasoline worth up to $500.

Stern is free on bond.

Stern does not have a listed home telephone number and could not be reached for comment Sunday.
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Information from: WSIL-TV, wsiltv.com