ELMONT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Transit Authority electrician charged in a bizarre incident that left a trail of destruction in a Long Island community has issued a confession.
Joel Grasman, 51, was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Wednesday and is being held on $100,000 bail.
As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, at first, Grasman said it was all a practical joke and said he was driving the stolen Mack truck to his brother’s in Elmont.
Grasman’s statements came as a surprise to his attorney. But he kept talking.
He issued a written confession, explaining that he broke into one of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority facilities early Tuesday morning to steal equipment with the intent of selling the goods on the black market to pay off an IRS debt.
In the signed statement, Grasman went through each step, explaining his actions.
“I walked up to the gate and used my key to unlock the padlock. I opened the gate and I walked up to the building in the yard. There is an electrical box on the outside of the building. I disabled the electricity to the yard which causes all the lights to go off and the security camera’s [sted] to shut down,” Grasman wrote in his confession letter.
Authorities said Grasman stole $50,000 worth of generators and welding equipment, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.
When he couldn’t fit the equipment into his car, investigators said he jammed the items into a Mack truck and took off.