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Police charge man with cutting copper cables at Brookline T stop

Posted by Brock Parker  September 21, 2012 09:37 AM

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Police arrest a Medford man who was allegedly trying to steal copper wires he was cutting at a Green Line MBTA stop in Brookline Village early Friday.

O'NEIL ROBERT.jpgRobert O’Neil, 43, has been charged with larceny, trespassing and vandalizing railroad signals, according to the MBTA’s Transit Police.

Police said a witness reported seeing O’Neil cutting copper wires from the Brookline Village Station about 2:10 a.m. Friday. When Brookline and Transit Police responded they spotted O’Neil walking “stiff legged,” and police discovered he had a pair of cable cutters hidden in his pants along with a pair of work gloves.

Police then found MBTA cable cut into five-foot sections that had been piled in a dark area near the Green Line train track bed. A witness at the scene also reported seeing O’Neil cutting what appeared to be the cables along the track bed.

O’Neil was arrested and taken to Transit Police Headquarters and is expected to appear in Brookline District Court on the charges sometime today.

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