The New York Police Department said two people have been arrested for using a cherry-picker to steal nearly 20 percent of the city’s red light cameras.
Investigators said Anthony Cintorrino, 45, and Tara LaBurt, 29, used a pickup truck with a cherry-picker to steal the cameras between June 24 and the time of their arrests Sunday, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
Police said couple were arrested for allegedly selling an estimated $88,000 worth of parts from the cameras to a camera resale shop for $300 each to help finance their heroin addictions.
Cintorrino was being held on $8,000 bond Tuesday while LaBurt was being held on $3,000 bond.
“We replaced the stolen cameras within 48 hours of being detected,” a city Department of Transportation spokesman said. “We visit each site daily, so we knew within a day when they were missing.”
We used to do expercises in Physical Education classes in school called “cherry pickers”, so this left me a bit confused. See the small truck photo? Ah. That’s a cherry picker.