Greenwich PD: Town Worker Arrested, Sold Town-Owned Scrap Metal

A Greenwich town employee was arrested Wednesday after investigators alleged that he profited from the sale of town-owned scrap metal, police said.

Dwayne Lockwood, 57, of Silver Street in Greenwich, was charged with first-degree larceny and tampering with a witness. He posted $10,000 bail and is scheduled to be in Superior Court in Stamford on Dec. 13.

Lockwood has been placed on paid administrative leave until an internal investigation is be completed by the town. His profits exceeded $2,000, police said.

According to police and town officials, officers received a tip from a co-worker in August that town-owned scrap metal was being sold for personal profit. Detectives investigated and, suspecting Lockwood, confirmed the tip.

They also said Lockwood had tried to influence a witness to provide false information about the case.

The police investigation included numerous interviews and a review of thousands of pages of documents, according to a press release from the first selectman’s office.

“I am disappointed by the actions and behaviors that have led to this investigation and subsequent arrest,” First Selectman Peter J. Tesei said. “That said, I do want to thank the individual who came forward to report this situation. This administration has not and will not tolerate any behaviors that undermine public trust or besmirch the good reputation of the Town and the hundreds of Town employees who diligently serve our residents honorably each and every day.”

Lockwood, an employee since 1988, has been a process control manager at the Grass Island Wastewater Treatment Plant for the town since December 2008, the town said.

Scrap metal has been the focus of other criminal investigations in the state. Six men were arrested in East Hartford during the fall of 1997 after police found that they had been taking materials from the local landfill and selling it at a scrap metal dealer. Five of the men had been public works employees, one a supervisor.

That investigation started when a man saw someone wearing a town of East Hartford shirt drop off a load at the scrapyard.

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