BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP/WBEN) - A former parking meter mechanic has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars in quarters from Buffalo parking meters while on the job.
Prosecutors say it was James Bagarozzo's idea to rig meters to get at the coins. He stole $210,000 over 8 1/2 years, grabbing fistfuls of coins, storing them in a bag in his truck and then rolling and cashing them in at banks.
Bagarozzo pleaded guilty to theft in September, along with a former co-worker, Lawrence Charles. Charles admitted stealing $15,000 in quarters over about five years. Charles is expected to get 6 months to a year in prison at his sentencing which was adjourned until August 29th.
Buffalo Police said that Bararozzo and Charles may not be the only ones guilty of such crimes, and an investigation is ongoing to uncover other similar crimes.