The Gaston Gazette reported on a town alderman accused of stealing.  See the story below.

A Dallas alderwoman was arrested Monday, charged with felony larceny by an employee.

Stacey Malker-Duff, 44, is accused of taking $813 from Gastonia Parks and Recreation Department.

According to police, Malker-Duff worked weekends as a train conductor of a children’s ride at Lineberger Park.

Malker-Duff is accused of keeping some of the train fare money between May and March.

Malker-Duff talked to investigators Monday. She was released from custody on an unsecured bond.

She is no longer employed by the city of Gastonia, police said.

The charge against Malker-Duff is not tied to her political post in Dallas.

Malker-Duff became Dallas’ first African-American alderwoman after voters selected her in 2013 from a crowded field of seven candidates for three open seats.

She made headlines before that when she selected a 10-year-old boy from Dallas to serve as her campaign manager.

When contacted by The Gazette, Dallas Town Manager Jim Palenick said it was the first he’d heard about Malker-Duff’s arrest.

Gastonia City Manager Ed Munn was not immediately available for comment.

Malker-Duff said she needed to consult with her attorney before talking about the accusations against her.