Police Looking For Suspects Accused Of Chaining Open Subway Doors For Free Rides

Occupy Wall Street Says 'Team Of Activists' Opened More Than 20 Stations

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are trying to find several members of Occupy Wall Street who they say tampered with doors in the subway allowing straphangers to ride for free.

On Wednesday, OWS announced on its website that “a team of activists” opened more than 20 stations in Brooklyn and Manhattan by taping MetroCard readers at turnstiles and propping open emergency exits.

According to the group’s website, it was done “in a coordinated response to escalating service cuts, fare hikes, racist policing, assaults on transit workers’ working conditions and livelihoods — and the profiteering of the super-rich by way of a system they’ve rigged in their favor.”

OWS says they posted signs reading “Customers Ride For Free” and “Free Entry, No Fares Collected” on flyers that looked to be printed by the MTA.

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Signs posted by Occupy Wall Street inside a subway station telling straphangers they can ride for free on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (credit: http://occupywallst.org)

Now, police say they are trying to find those responsible and have released surveillance video from three locations where they say the criminal tampering occurred.

Police say suspects wearing masks, hoods and gloves were seen walking into the East 116 Street and Lexington Avenue 6 line subway station, the Beverly Road subway station along the 2/5 lines and the Fort Hamilton Parkway subway station along the F/G line.

Police say the video shows them chaining open the emergency exits inside the stations and then outside the East 116 Street station after they had taken off their masks.

Cops say one videos also shows another man taking pictures of the suspects as they chain open on the doors.

On its website, OWS says no property was damaged.

Anyone with information should call police or Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

What do you think of chaining subway doors? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. duke-9 says:

    The destruction of many great works of art, and merciless violence against the graffiti artists that have created these works should also be included in #OWS reasons for doing this. . .

  2. Jim Strathmeyer says:

    Hint: the stations were chained opened by transit workers to protest their pay and working conditions. At what point is your journalism so bad that it becomes yellow journalism?

  3. ows says:

    No justice, No peace

  4. The Realist says:

    Exactly how is the “Occupy” CORPORATION making money off this?

  5. T-BONE says:

    I think the U.S. government should put a special tax on hoodies.

  6. Mikeybklyn says:

    Beautiful!

  7. Crsnj says:

    They have on HOODIES!

    1. Never mention the hoodie says:

      W e have people that think hoodies are good.Whatever you do do not talk about the hoodies never ever ever.

  8. Amazed says:

    “…escalating service cuts, fare hikes, racist policing, assaults on transit workers’ working conditions and livelihoods — and the profiteering of the super-rich by way of a system they’ve rigged in their favor…”

    And even if any of it were true, this has what to do with the public paying the regular fare for a subway ride? Who are these anarchists? We are all much better off when they go away. OCCUPY: PLEASE GO AWAY.

    1. Rancid Bob says:

      Thank you for that ignorant display of opinion.
      Anarchism is unity.

  9. dakotahgeo says:

    Holy Transit Gates, Batman!!! Call Superman and Flash Gordon! We have a real emergency on our hands! LOLOL. (Maybe they can help the NYPD FIND the gates!).

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