NEW YORK(AP) — Three Long Island Rail Road workers have been charged with stealing thousands of pounds of copper wire from the railroad and selling it for scrap.
Newsday reports that the three men were arraigned Friday on charges of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in First District Court in Hempstead.READ MORE: Charges Pile Up Against Robert Fehring, Accused Of Sending Dangerous Threats To Members Of LGBTQ Community
Authorities say the workers removed wire cables from job sites, loaded them onto LIRR trucks and then transferred them onto their own vehicles. They say wire was later sold to local recyclers for cash.
Authorities say the thefts occurred between February and April 2011 and December 2012.
All three pleaded not guilty. They have been suspended without pay from the railroad.READ MORE: NYC Hospitality Alliance: Mayor De Blasio 'Grinch' For Vaccine Mandate That May Keep Tourists With Young Children Away
The arrests come after 15 other LIRR employees were convicted of similar crimes.
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