Three Lubbock Water Utilities employees were arrested on first degree felony theft charges. According to police reports, investigators linked parts sold to a metal recycling business to the City Water Utilities Department.
Ramauldo Guerrero, Juan Carlos Sanchez, and Jesus Martinez Flores are accused of stealing brass and copper water meter fittings over a three year period.
The total value of the parts estimated at between $20,000 and $100,000. The charges are upgraded against the three suspects since they are public servants.
A statement from the city says an internal investigation into the allegations is underway.