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Friday, July 30, 2010

Edmund King, Muni Mechanic Accused in Transfer Theft Ring, In Court Today

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 8:25 AM

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Two men arrested in a police sting targeting theft and street resale of Muni transfers begin their long legal commute today.

Edmund King -- a 24-year Muni mechanic earning $130,000 a year -- was busted earlier this month in a months-in-the-making sting operation that purportedly caught him red-handed stealing and moving along rolls of transfers for illegal resale. He and his alleged partner in crime, Leroy Gutierrez (whom the police insist spells his name "Leeroy") are due in court this morning.

Gutierrez faces three years in prison for a possession of stolen property charge, plus another six months due to a knife possession count. King, meanwhile, is charged with possession of stolen property and embezzlement by a public employee. He faces three years for the first charge and between 16 months and three years for the latter.

King and Gutierrez are being tried together; today is their preliminary hearing. Gutierrez remains in custody but King made $33,000 bail.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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