Water Company Payments Go Missing

JENKINSVILLE (June 30, 2016) – The Jenkinsville Water Company could be out as much as $10,000 after a bank deposit was allegedly stolen from the president of the company’s board of directors.

According to an incident report from the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, board president Gregrey Ginyard picked up the bank deposit bag from the water company’s office at Highway 213 and Highway 215 around 9 a.m. on June 16. The bag contained approximately $10,000 in cash and checks, all of which came from water bill payments, the report states.

According to the report, Ginyard placed the bag inside his truck between the driver’s seat and center console and drove to his home on Lakeview Road. Ginyard reportedly told investigators that he parked his truck in his garage, leaving the deposit bag inside the truck, and did not leave his residence before noticing the bag missing. The truck, Ginyard told The Voice Tuesday, had been left unlocked.

Ginyard told The Voice that he had planned to go to the bank to make the deposit later that day to coincide with a trip to town he was scheduled to make that afternoon. When he got into his truck at around 2 p.m. to head to the bank, Ginyard said, he noticed the bank bag was missing.

Ginyard said he and an employee with the water company spent a large part of the remainder of the day looking for the bag. Ginyard said he thought it might have been possible that he had left the bag on the roof of his truck while still at the water company and the bag had blown off between there and his home. He said they searched the roads for the bag for some time before calling the Sheriff’s Office. According to the incident report, the call came in at 8:27 p.m.; however, Ginyard told The Voice he felt certain the call had been placed earlier.

Of the $10,000 estimated to have been inside the bag, Ginyard said only around $1,300 had been in cash. The rest, he said, was in the form of checks and money orders. When speaking with The Voice on Tuesday, Ginyard said he had not yet notified board members of the theft. The company had sent out letters, he said, to members who had paid with checks and money orders asking them to cancel those documents and send in new payment. Ginyard said the company was checking with its insurance provider to see if it would cover the cash loss.

“I guess I have to take full blame, since I didn’t lock the truck,” Ginyard said. “I’ve been doing the same thing for eight years and never had any problems. I won’t make that mistake again.”