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DA: 3 More LIRR Employees Charged with Stealing, Re-selling Copper

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Credit: Adina Genn
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Credit: Adina Genn

Three Long Island Rail Road employees face charges of stealing thousands of dollars of copper belonging to the railroad and then “scrapping” it for profit, officials said.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said the three men, who were employed by the LIRR’s communications department in Huntington, stole wire cable containing copper that was property of the LIRR between Feb. 15, 2011 and April 15, 2011, and between November and December 2012.

A joint investigation with the Nassau DA’s office, MTA Inspector General and the MTA Police found that the three men stole steal copper wire from right of ways, including locations in Nassau and often while on duty, and transported the wire via LIRR trucks to their own personal vehicles, authorities said. From there, they sold the stolen wire for scrap, using their driver’s licenses to carry out the sale of stolen material, and then divided the proceeds among themselves and others on their work crew.

The three men – Robert Nowlin, also known as Darryl Nowlin, 48, of Brentwood; Paul Holm, 47, of Holtsville, and Joel Quiles, 38, of Wheatley Heights – surrendered to Nassau County District Attorney and MTA authorities  and were arraigned Friday.

Nowlin was charged with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree grand larceny, and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. If convicted of the top charge, he faces up to two-and-one-third to seven years in prison. Bail was set at $20,000 cash or bond.

Holm and Quiles were each charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Bail was set for each of them at $10,000 cash or bond. If convicted of the top charge, the two men each face up to one-and-one-third to four years in prison.

“Stealing material that belongs to the public is not only a violation of the public’s trust, but an act of stealing from, in this case, every rider on the Long Island Rail Road,” Rice said, in a statement.

The three men were suspended without pay by the LIRR.

They remained quiet through Friday’s court proceeding, but their attorneys entered not-guilty pleas, Newsday reported.

"My client adamantly denies guilt in this matter,"  James D'Angelo of Central Islip, who represents Holm, told Newsday.

An earlier investigation into other LIRR employees stealing wire cable containing copper resulted in the indictment of 15 Long Island Rail Road employees and two others in January after conspiring to steal more than $250,000 worth of copper wire belonging to the LIRR, according to Rice. 

Nowlin, Holm and Quiles are due back in court on March 25.

Nicholas Vernola March 30, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Liberal State, please all you pro steal from the government people, stay in New York, don't corrupt the other states
Nicholas Vernola March 30, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Big Mike is correct, these guys are on the same level as the other criminals, so they should give the other criminals high bail
Nicholas Vernola March 30, 2014 at 08:48 AM
Capicu, I hope there is some "human nature" that happens when your are on Vacation next time
Nicholas Vernola March 30, 2014 at 08:51 AM
She is what we need in Govt in non liberal states, for you guys that like corruption, you should need a passport to get out of new York
Nicholas Vernola March 30, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Working on the LIRR is ending a career, not proud of what you did for a living, but proud of how much you got paid to do so little. and how much you were able to steal...where else can you get paid 6 figures and paid benefits for life for the intricate use of a hole puncher or carrying of a lamp?

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