Paso Robles city employee resigns after being accused of theft

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comSeptember 25, 2013 

UPDATE 10:20 a.m. Thursday: Paso Robles Police Chief Robert Burton has confirmed that his department is investigating former city employee Charles Lorenzen "for theft from the city." He declined to give more details because the investigation is ongoing.

Original story: A 12-year employee with the city of Paso Robles has resigned from his supervisor position amid theft allegations, the city confirmed Wednesday.

Charles Lorenzen held the title of maintenance services supervisor until he resigned Sept. 17, City Manager Jim App said.

“There’s a pending criminal investigation for theft,” App said, declining to give more specifics because it’s a personnel matter. Specifics on why Lorenzen resigned, what was stolen and whether it involved city property were not disclosed.

The Paso Robles Police Department, the agency doing the investigation, also declined to give details.

“We’re not releasing anything at this time,” Lt. Tim Murphy said. Murphy did confirm Wednesday that Lorenzen has not been arrested.

The investigation has been underway for about three weeks, App said.

While employed with the city, Lorenzen oversaw maintenance of city parks and roads, among other tasks. He was originally hired in July 2001.

Lorenzen could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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