Mineola - (WALK) It took a lot of brass to steal more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of copper from the Long Island Rail Road.
Michael Carsten, 27, of Massapequa, is one of 15 defendants, including 14 former LIRR employees who stole thousands of pounds of copper wire valued at approximately $253,000 from job sites between January 2010 and January 2013.
Carsten was convicted in November and sentenced Tuesday to pay a fine of $1,000 and restitution of $5,000 to the LIRR. He was also placed on a one-year conditional discharge.
Carsten and his LIRR co-conspirators reportedly resigned from their jobs. Defendant Crail Borsetti, 31, of East Moriches was acquitted of all charges in November.
The value of scrap copper wire may range from $1.05 to $1.85 per pound according to dealers on Long Island.