Palm Tran Employee on Why She Stole $11,000 of County Property: Boss Was a "Gay Pervert"

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office was a little curious as to why Melissa Siladke allegedly stole $11,196.45 of taxpayer coin while she was an employee of Palm Tran, the county-funded transportation agency.

Siladke's answer: Because her ex-boss was a "gay pervert," according to an arrest affidavit from the sheriff's office.

Siladke, 32, was arrested today after an investigation into how way too much stuff went missing from her office.

To sum it up in Siladke's words, "I fucked up and got fired I fucking listed some shit on eBay from our office and Dan found it."

Dan Pace, an administrator at Palm Tran, found some of the agency's missing goods on eBay, being sold by a user with the handle "ASiladke," police say, which is a mighty fine coincidence considering her husband's name is Anthony Siladke.

When the cops went to interview her, she threw around several excuses, including that the $11,196.45 worth of stuff "was going to be thrown out," before she came clean about the situation, the report says.

The police gave Siladke a list of 110 items they believed she had stolen -- including copier toner, computer monitors, and other random office supplies -- and asked her to highlight which ones she had stolen and sold on eBay.

Siladke highlighted 106 of them, according to the cops.

That's when police asked her why she'd done it:

She stated that she observed her old boss take a 12 year (sic) child into his office and lock the door behind him one day. After that she stated that she started to steal out of retaliation for him being a gay pervert.

Police say Siladke had been stealing from Palm Tran since October 2008, and stole more than $5,000 worth of stuff in the last fiscal year alone.

She was charged today with dealing in stolen property, grand theft, official misconduct, and running an organized scheme to defraud.

If convicted on all charges, Siladke would face a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.

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