A Metropolitan Transit Authority electrician in Long Island has been arrested after trying to steal welding machines to pay off a $10,000 tax debt to the Internal Revenue Service, accidentally taking down power lines while trying to escape with them in his truck and leaving 6,100 electricity customers in the dark.
Joel Grasman, 53, was arrested Wednesday morning, according to the New York Post, and admitted to sneaking into the Jamaica, Queens, yard where he works late Monday night. He wanted to steal several welding machines to pay off $10,000 in taxes that the IRS said he and his wife owed for failing to report a loan from her pension. He loaded the machines into his Mack truck, but forgot to lower the long boom on the truck before driving off to store the goods in his brother’s garage in Elmont, Queens.
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