Two individuals have been arrested and charged in the thefts of copper wire and signal taps following a collaborative effort between the Chicago Transit Authority and the Chicago Police Department.
Wayne Anderson, 42, of the 1400 block of North Linder, Chicago was arrested and charged with one count of criminal trespass to state land, one count of theft of stolen property and one count of possession of burglary tools. Harold Williams, 39, of the 7700 block of South Sawyer, Chicago was arrested and charged with one count of criminal trespass to state land, one count of theft of stolen property, one count of possession of burglary tools and multiple traffic citations.
"These arrests should serve as a warning to criminals that CTA and CPD will not cease in their efforts to apprehend and seek prosecution of those who commit crimes against CTA property, customers and employees. We will continue our efforts to provide a safe, secure traveling environment and workplace," said CTA President Ron Huberman.
Surveillance was set up following a theft report filed by the CTA on October 16 which indicated that a total of 18 wire taps were stolen from two locations along the Pink Line. The materials are part of the track signal system. Signals act as traffic lights along the rail routes directing rail operators to proceed, slow down or stop. Signals also give the operator information regarding track conditions and speed limits.
At approximately 1:10 a.m. on October 18, both suspects were apprehended by CPD after the surveillance team observed two male subjects climb under fencing to gain access to the CTA tracks near the Kostner Pink Line station.
The suspects were in possession of an ax, wrench and other tools, as well as items that matched those reported as stolen by the CTA on October 16.
Anderson and Williams are scheduled to appear in Misdemeanor Court, Branch 43, on December 21, 2007.
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