A woman was arrested and authorities were searching for her accomplice after the duo stole thousands of dollars from Fort Lauderdale parking meters, officials said.
Linda Hay, 55, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the thefts and faces one count of grand theft. She remained in jail on $5,000 bond.
Police are still looking for 49-year-old Robert Gallaher, who Hay said is her boyfriend. He is believed to be traveling to Louisiana.
The city’s parking services alerted authorities to the crime after they noticed “an exorbitant” revenue loss, a complaint affidavit said.
After investigation, Hay confessed to the crime and said she was a lookout for Gallaher, the affidavit said. She said they stole the money using a homemade key to break into the change compartments and then spent the proceeds, according to the affidavit.
The theft resulted in a $27,000 loss to the city in 2011 and $40,000 loss this year, Fort Lauderdale Police said.
Anyone with information as to Gallaher’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Luan Malushi at 954-828-6357.