Prosecutors to investigate case of missing parks cash
BY JOHN ROBBINS Post-Tribune correspondent November 17, 2013 12:06AM
Updated: December 18, 2013 6:46AM
Portage police have forwarded the results of an investigation into theft of cash from the Portage parks department that occurred in October to the Porter County prosecutor’s office to determine if any charges will be made in the case.
No charges against an individual have been made yet, pending review by the prosecutor’s staff. A suspect in the theft has not been publicly identified.
“The case will be reviewed to determine if there is sufficient evidence to support criminal charges,” Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel said.
A bag containing cash from bar sales of the Elvis Fantasy Fest held at Woodland Park Oct. 11-13 was discovered missing from park offices on the morning of Oct. 14. The bartender of the event was seen dropping the money bag containing receipts through the door slot of the park office sometime after midnight on Oct. 13, according to the police report.
Park superintendent Jenny Orsburn learned of the missing bag of cash on the morning of Oct. 14 from an employee responsible for collecting the money, who is then supposed to take it to the accounting office. Orsburn conducted a search for the missing bag that morning. She contacted Portage police and made a report of the theft on Oct. 15, according to the police report.
According to the police report, only Orsburn and the park employee who discovered the money bag missing have keys to the office where the money is deposited. There were no signs of forced entry to the office door.
The heavily redacted police report of the incident does not disclose the amount of money missing, but a previous Post-Tribune report indicated a minimum of $300, and possibly more, could be missing.