Transit Police Arrest Alleged Brookline Village Copper Wire Thief
Brookline and MBTA Police officers find a man with bolt cutters in his pants, attempting to leave the Brookline Village T stop, where some copper wire was freshly cut and coiled.
A Medford man was taking a stiff-legged midnight stroll in Brookline Village, when he was stopped by MBTA and Brookline police.
At around 2:15 a.m., Transit Police responded to the Brookline Village T stop and arrested this "Midnight Walker," according the tpdnews blog. They say that Robert O'Neil, 43, of Medford was trying to leave the track area, and seemed "stiff-legged"--likely due to the large set of bolt cutters tucked down his pants, along with a pair of work gloves.
Searching the area, MBTA police found copper wire cut into five-foot lengths nearby, and a witness--who saw something and said something--reported that they had seen O'Neil cutting what appeared to be wire on the track bed.
O'Neil was arrested and charged with larceny over $250, vandilizing railroad signals and trespassing. He was taken to Transit Police HQ for processing, and is scheduled to appear Friday, Sept. 21 in Brookline District Court.
From the TPD News blog:
Transit Police would like to express our gratitude to the citizen who reported the suspicious activity and the Brookline Police Department for their assistance. As always "If You See Something, Say Something".