Anchorage security guard accused of stealing deposits

Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage security officer is accused of taking sealed deposits while working for Pinkerton Security Services last year.

The FBI has charged William ''Don'' Petty, 25, with bank fraud in the loss of about $100,000 from several Anchorage area restaurants. He was arrested Wednesday in Reno, Nev., the FBI said.

The alleged crimes took place during Petty's employment with Pinkerton between Sept. 1, 2001 and Nov. 1, 2001, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

Petty was responsible for nightly pickups of packaged deposit bags filled with cash, checks and daily receipts from local businesses. He would put the money in a secure drop box at a Key Bank storeroom on Benson Boulevard, according to the complaint. He retrieved the deposits each morning and delivered them to bank employees.

Businesses can deposit their own money into the drop box but only Pinkerton employees have a key to retrieve them for the bank, the complaint said.

On Sept. 1, a business deposited $5,320.98, mostly cash, according to the complaint. But the bank said it never received the money.

The bank didn't receive $5,944.28 from a Taco Bell the next day or $5,511.33 on Oct. 26 from another business and so on through November, the complaint said. A total of $100,989.26 went missing from deposits made by Arby's, Taco Bell, Sea Galley, The Mail Cache and Pizza Hut.

The bank told authorities that money was missing, the FBI said.

A Pinkerton dispatcher keeps the only key to the depository and hands it over to the security guard, who picks up the money deposited overnight, according to the complaint. Petty worked on the evenings that the deposits went missing. He signed for money he received from Taco Bell on Oct. 26 and Nov. 3. Those deposits were later reported missing.

Anchorage police and the FBI interviewed Petty, who told them he had money problems, the complaint said. Petty said he made $9 an hour at Pinkerton.

Petty told investigators that he took the deposit bags, removed cash, cut up the checks and the bags, then flushed some of the debris down a toilet at a gas station. He also said he threw some bags off an Eagle River bridge, the complaint said.

Soon after the interview, he disappeared, FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez said. Petty was tracked down in Reno.

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