LIRR workers accused of copper theft

15 LIRR workers indicted in copper wire theft

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A grand jury in Mineola, New York indicted 15 workers of the Long Island Rail Road and two scrap dealers on Friday for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of copper wires.

Eight of the defendants pleaded not guilty and the remainder were expected to be arraigned later in the day, reported the AP.

The robberies allegedly occurred over two years in rail yards on Long Island and New York City.

The investigation ended in the arrests Tuesday of the telecommunications linemen who had unrestricted access to the copper.

The workers allegedly targeted the LIRR rail yards in West Islip; Jamaica, Queens and the Atlantic Avenue viaduct.

The copper was allegedly sold on the black market to scrap yards.

Charges in the indictment unsealed against the first eight vary from conspiracy to grand larceny to possession of stolen property. Attorneys for several of the defendants said the copper wiring allegedly stolen was scrap that was to be discarded.

Christopher Natale of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen planned to issue a statement later Friday.

The Nassau County District Attorney is expected to update the media on the investigation.

FOX 5 News has reached out to the MTA which operates the LIRR for comment. The MTA says it will issue a statement later today.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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