City employee's actions foil robbery

ALBANY -- An Albany Public Works employee's good deed inadvertently helped police catch a robbery suspect, officials say.

Sedrick Roundtree is a heavy equipment operator with the Albany Public Works department. Roundtree's boss, Public Works Director Phil Roberson, said Friday that Roundtree was cutting grass near the Albany Mall when he saw a wallet in the grass.

Roundtree gave the wallet to the Public Works secretary when he came in off his route. The secretary, Velma Hodges, attempted to locate the owner by calling the police department in the town listed on the driver's license.

Ultimately, it was discovered that the owner of the wallet had it snatched while in the Lee County Walmart. A debit card and driver's license were still in the wallet, and Lee County detectives were later able to use the wallet as evidence to help them apprehend a suspect, Roberson said.

On May 30, Roundtree was mowing along the Liberty Expressway in East Albany when he again spotted a wallet in the grass.

He again turned over the wallet, which had cash, credit cards and ID, to Hodges, who contacted the owner's wife. she promptly picked up the wallet from the Public Works office.

The woman said her husband had left his wallet on the back of his vehicle and it likely blew off as he was returning home from work at Procter & Gamble.

"I told him that I don't know that I've been more proud of any employee I've had in my 38 years in Public Works. What we look for is honesty and integrity, and this guy has it," Roberson said. "I guess the definition of integrity is how you act when someone isn't looking. He could've easily taken the items in those wallets, but he did the right thing."

Roberson said that Roundtree is the model employee and had already been named the employee of the month for May prior to the incidents.

"He personifies the ideals we look for and the character we look for in an employee," Roberson said. "He really restores your faith in the younger generation. It's nice to see employees doing the right thing."


FlunkyMonkey 3 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations to Mr. Roundtree. Your honesty is refreshing in this town. Maybe you could give integrity/honesty lessons to the School Board...


whattheheck 3 years, 3 months ago

Nice to hear that someone was actually honest--and twice at that. But I don't understand how a robbery was "foiled" by this action?


43cop 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Mr.Roundtree for your integrity and honesty. You are an example that so many people should follow and Phil should be proud of you. Keep your character and it will lead you in the direction you have always wanted to go. THANK YOU.


Sister_Ruby 3 years, 3 months ago

I wish we had a town....no.....a County full of people like this. We would have plenty of income for DCSS, City, and County operations and companies would be filling airplanes and highways to bring their businesses to Albany!!! Well done Mr. Roundtree. Here's hoping that he won't get blowback from his neighbors.


VSU 3 years, 3 months ago

If I lose my wallet, I hope Mr. Roundtree is nearby.


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