Two Lafayette government employees accused in thefts from parking meters _lowres

Photo provided by LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE -- Michael Tolbert, 36, a Lafayette Consolidated Government Parking Administration employee, and Gregory Davis Jr., 33, also of Lafayette, were booked on March 15, 2016, on counts of theft over $25,000 on accusations the two conspired together in stealing change from city parking meters.

Police on Tuesday arrested a Lafayette Consolidated Government employee and another man who are accused of stealing money from Lafayette parking meters.

Michael Tolbert, 36, an LCG Parking Administration employee, is accused of stealing money from parking meters and giving it to an accomplice, Gregory Davis Jr., 33, who would bring the coins to a bank in exchange for cash, according to a news release from the Lafayette Police Department.

Police said they began investigating after receiving information that an LCG employee was stealing money from the meters. Investigators now believe both men had been stealing money since March 2015, police said.

Both men were booked into the Lafayette Parish jail on a count of felony theft over $25,000.

It’s unclear how much the men are accused of stealing from the meters, which were expected to bring in about $168,000 in revenue during the 2015-16 fiscal year, according to the LCG budget.

Davis also was booked on a count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana after arresting officers reportedly found him with the drug. He had been released from jail by Wednesday afternoon on a $27,500 bail.

Tolbert had also been released on a $100,000 bail.

The case remains under investigation.