Nashville firefighter resigns after gas card theft investigation

Clevelt Rhodes Sr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville firefighter resigned Monday after reportedly using a Metro fuel card to put gas in his personal vehicles.

According to an affidavit, police began investigating the case, reportedly involving Clevelt Rhodes Sr. in March.

The fuel card was assigned to a Nashville Fire Department truck and was supposed to be used to purchase diesel fuel. During the course of the investigation, it was revealed the card was used to buy unleaded gas, the report stated.

Nine different transactions were listed in an affidavit dating from January to April 2015. All the purchases occurred at the Thorntons at 1400 Eagle View Drive.

However, the Metro Office of Fleet Management stated in the report that purchases of unleaded fuel on the Metro card dated back to 2013.

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance video and pictures of the nine transactions, and the total amount of money charged to the card during them was $307.72, according to an affidavit.

On June 26, Rhodes, 49, reportedly contacted detectives and admitted to using the card to put gas in his personal vehicles.

Nashville Fire Department spokesperson Brian Haas told News 2 that Rhodes was put on paid administrative leave and faced a disciplinary hearing last week.

He was waiting for the final decision from Fire Chief Ricky White when he resigned. He was hired as a firefighter with the department in 2004.

Rhodes is charged with theft under $500 and is scheduled to be in court August 5.

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