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Arrested for breaking into meters

Rose Gill Hearn, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation, announced the culmination of a multi-agency investigation that has resulted in the indictment by the office of Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson of Arthur Henderson on charges of using homemade keys to break into New York City Department of Transportation free-standing parking meters to take approximately $1,420 in coins.

Henderson, 38, of the Bronx, was arraigned in Bronx Supreme Court and held on $30,000 bail. He is charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree and criminal mischief in the third degree, class E felonies. He has also been charged with possession of burglar’s tools and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, class A misdemeanors. Conviction of a class E felony is punishable by up to four years in prison and conviction of a class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year incarceration.

Gill Hearn said, “No theft of City revenue is small change. As this indictment shows, DOI will work with its City and law enforcement partners to protect City funds and ensure that individuals who pilfer them will be held accountable.”

According to the criminal complaint and the indictment, between April 2007 and December 2007, in Parkchester, Henderson used hand-made keys to open parking meters and remove the containers that collect the coins. Henderson stole more than $1,400 from more than 26 containers. The replacement value is estimated at more than $260.

Henderson was already incarcerated because he was unable to post bond from a June 16, arrest by DOI on charges of possession of burglar’s tools, petit larceny, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, all class A misdemeanors. According to the criminal complaint, on June 3, at Crosby Avenue between Daniel Street and Middletown Road, Henderson was seen using a homemade key to break into a parking meter and remove the collection can, which contained $20 in coins. The meter was under surveillance by DOT investigators.

Both of these investigations were conducted by DOI, DOT’s Bureau of Parking, Internal Security and Special Investigations Unit, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and the New York Police Department’s Technical Assistance Response Unit.

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