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LIRR Workers to Be Charged in Copper-Stealing Ring

Workers allegedly stole upwards of $200,000 from multiple sites, including the Babylon Rail Yard.

A group of 15 Long Island Rail Road employees surrendered to police this morning in connection with a copper-stealing ring that has been on-going for the last two years, according to multiple sources.

The group, according to ABC-7, allegedly stole upwards of $200,000 worth of scrap copper wiring from multiple work sites and rail yards, including the recently updated Babylon Rail Yard on the Babylon Village and West Islip border.

Once the highly sought after copper was taken, workers sold it to a Long Island scrap yard for cash and split the profits.

"I'm shocked, and I'm embarrassed," Christoper Natale, of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, told ABC-7. "This is not indicative of Long Island Rail Road employees. We would never condone this type of behavior."

He added: "If they did something wrong, they're going to have to pay for that."

The Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council also voiced its concern over the alleged crimes, calling them disturbing.

“At a time when riders are weeks away from yet another fare increase and budgets are balanced with the narrowest of margins, these thefts are particularly reprehensible,” said LIRRCC Chair Mark Epstein.  “If these allegations are true, these LIRR employees have committed a serious breach of public trust and criminal charges and restitution should be pursued vigorously."

According to the New York Daily News, the Nassau County District Attorney's office, MTA Inspector General's Office and MTA Police Department are working together on the investigation.

Officials said the workers will be charged with felony grand larceny, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and other various charges. Accused workers were already suspended with pay by the LIRR, but will be suspended without pay once they are formally charged, according to the Daily News.

Epistein added: "The LIRR must reexamine its policies and procedures to ensure that incidents of this kind do not occur again.”

Two scrap yard workers are also charged in the scheme for their purchase of the materials.

 

Related Coverage:

  • Babylon Man Among 17 Accused of Stealing Copper Wire From LIRR
  • W. Islip Man Among 17 Accused of Stealing Copper Wire From LIRR
Larry January 26, 2013 at 03:01 AM
this is not indicative of lirr employees? are you kidding me, it is indicative of every governmental union employee. they all feel like they are above the law, all i ever hear is about how wall street caused the recession, oh yeah well entitlements and public sectors unions are bankrupting the country.. i have one question for every liberal, and don't ramble on just answer the question directly. you want all these entitlements and want to run up debt( i know two unfunded wars and a healthcare mandate by bush your right that tacked on 5 trillion in 8 years iget it) but here we are 17 trillion in debt over 50 trillion in unfunded liabilities, states like ny,il and ca in total are nearly a trillion in debt with unfunded liabilities, so iget were we are and how we got here i don't need the history lesson, my question to you is since we are here how do we pay for all these promise? government pensions and healthcare,medicare, welfare,medicaid,interest on 17 trillion and growing debt. the list goes on and on. I dont want politics i just want an answer. How do we pay for everything?
Larry January 27, 2013 at 03:21 AM
just as i figured no answer

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