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LIRR Workers Face Theft Charges
Updated On: Jan 25, 2013

Fifteen Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) communications workers, who specialize in the installation of fiber optics and telephone systems, are facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of copper wire from their employer.

On Friday, January 18, the LIRR employees implicated in the copper theft surrendered to authorities and were consequently removed from service on the following Tuesday. These allegations, and the charges to follow, are the culmination of a more than two-year investigation into the thefts.

“As the President of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, I am greatly disturbed by the news of these alleged thefts. Our members are highly-skilled, hardworking individuals, and these allegations are certainly not indicative of Long Island Rail Road employees or the Brotherhood or Railroad Signalmen as a whole. I consider this type of behavior abhorrent, and I certainly do not condone the actions of those engaged in acts of thievery,” stated BRS President, W. Dan Pickett.<