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Ridgewood Public Works Inspector Sentenced For Stealing Parking Meter Quarters

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Ridgewood, New Jersey (My9News) -

They say a quarter can't buy you anything these days, but they eventually add up! Just ask Thomas Rica, Former Ridgewood, New Jersey Public Works Inspector who according to prosecutors, stole about two-million parking meter quarters from a room in Village Hall. The loot totaled around $460,000 and weighed nearly 23,000 pounds in shiny silver change! He's now been sentenced after pleading guilty.

In Rica's case, the consequences to his crime are five-years of probation and he has to pay back just under $250,000, which is only half of what they believe he stole.

The people of the town believe Rica got off easy, especially Ridgewood driver Bonnie Chalek.

"I think it is terrible he's not getting any jail time whatsoever," she said.

If the state charged him with second degree theft, Rica would be on his way to jail, but that's not the case. He was only charged with third degree theft for his quarter crime.

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