ELMONT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A huge cleanup was under way Tuesday on Long Island following a bizarre incident that left thousands of homes without power earlier in the morning.
Police said a 53-year-old transit worker stole a bucket truck from a Metropolitan Transportation Authority yard in Jamaica. Joel Grasman was seen smirking as he was led out of Nassau County’s 5th Precinct in handcuffs, CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported.READ MORE: Homeless Services Head Steven Banks Defends NYC's Process Of Getting Vulnerable People Off The Streets
Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack said Grasman had broken into the yard overnight to steal welding equipment and took the bucket truck to get away.
“He realizes the welding equipment will not fit in his personal truck, so he takes the truck to move the stolen equipment,” Lack said.
Grasman, a “light maintainer” at the facility and a 23-year employee of the agency, then drove the truck through the streets of Elmont with the boom raised, taking down trees and power lines around 4 a.m., police said. It is unclear if Grasman raised the bucket truck’s boom intentionally.