STOUGHTON, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A former Dept. of Public Health employee has been arrested and arraigned in connection with breaking into a Canton DPH facility on multiple occasions and stealing agency gas cards to purchase fuel for his personal vehicle, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Wednesday.
Mikel W. Beacham, 33, of Randolph, was arrested Tuesday night in Canton. Authorities said they found a DPH gas card on him at the time of his arrest.
Beacham is charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, larceny over $250, and stealing in a building. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday morning. A judge set bail at $5,000 cash, $50,000 surety, with the condition that he stay away from the DPH facility in Canton.
Authorities said Beachem broke into a DPH facility in Canton on multiple occasions, stole DPH gas cards, used them to buy unauthorized motor fuel, and then returned the cards to the facility.
An investigation revealed thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges. The charges appeared suspicious to authorities because they always occurred outside normal business hours, including weekends, and they did not coincide with when vehicles were signed out by actual DPH employees.
Beacham was a DPH environmental health worker until he was terminated in March 2012.
Beachem is due back in court on July 8 for a pre-trial hearing.