Property Assessment Survey Worker Robbed at Gunpoint While Working

click to enlarge One property recently surveyed by the property assessment crew. - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
One property recently surveyed by the property assessment crew.
This morning, a worker involved with the Thriving Communities Institute's citywide property assessment survey was robbed at gunpoint.

Jim Rokakis, the TCI's director, confirmed that "an iPad and some cash" had been stolen while a group of surveyors was working in the Mount Pleasant area. The survey crews are using iPads to input property data gathered at some 159,000 parcels of land in Cleveland. 

Police are now investigating.

"The good news is nobody was hurt. Not much more to say," Rokakis told Scene. "We've been doing these [types of property surveys] for a couple years. This is the first time it's happened.

"I mean, we're not happy about it. But the good news is that it was just an iPad and no one was hurt. You put it all into perspective; you can replace an iPad."

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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