NY Parking Cop Swiped $89K —in Coins

Jeffrey Daday could see 15 years in prison
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2014 8:57 AM CDT
NY Parking Cop Swiped $89K —in Coins
It wasn't jingling pockets that ended Jeffrey Daday's alleged theft.   (Shutterstock)

Jeffrey Daday apparently liked to dip his hand into the cash register. Or more specifically, into parking meters. The New York man worked as a parking enforcement officer for five years in the village of Mount Kisco and stole $89,000 in coins over that time, police tell the Journal News. Count that out: That's 356,000 quarters, 890,000 dimes, or 1.78 million nickels—enough for eight months of parking. Police say Daday, 36, admitted to the theft, which was carried out between January 2009 and May 2014, after officers confronted him as he was leaving a bank.

A police surveillance team began monitoring Daday after local council officials realized a good chunk of change had disappeared, the Daily Mail reports. Authorities say they spotted the enforcement officer heading directly to People's United Bank to make a deposit, rather than to the local council office, after emptying the meters. He has since pleaded guilty to grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing and could see up to 15 years behind bars. (A New Jersey official stole $460,000 in quarters but only has to pay back half.)

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