CENTEREACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Stephen Ruth calls himself the “Red Light Robin Hood.”
The 42-year-old Centereach man was arrested Tuesday after he posted videos online of himself using a painter’s extension rod to turn several red light cameras in Ronkonkoma toward the sky so they would not catch violators.READ MORE: Sneak Peek: Lincoln Center Plaza Transformed Into Green Space For Outdoor Summer Performances
“I did it because the public is being abused,” he said Wednesday.
As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, Ruth claimed he was doing a public service as he brazenly posted a video of his actions to Facebook.
He told CBS2’s Gusoff that he has personally received six red light tickets, each carrying a fine of $80. In the video he showed viewers of the video how he rendered the red light cameras useless.
“You take your extension rod, you place it under the camera, and then you point it off — and you save our taxpayers,” Ruth said in the Facebook video. “You save innocent people.”