GLEN COVE, N.Y. (AP) — A retired Long Island firefighter has pleaded guilty to stealing almost $200,000 from the Glen Cove fire department for personal gain.

Prosecutors say George William Gray pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree grand larceny.

They say Gray used the money to buy model railroad equipment and expensive cigars.

He worked for the fire department for 34 years before retiring in 2009. Prosecutors say the crimes occurred between 2003 and 2009.

Gray’s lawyer, Peter Bongiorno, could not be reached for comment.

Nassau County Judge David Sullivan ordered Gray to repay the $200,000. Gray will be sentenced March 16 to 1 to 3 years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea.

He now lives in Hendersonville, N.C.

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