LIRR Employees Busted for Stealing Copper Wire

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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SAMMY KETZ
Copper cables are exhibited at the 2010 Expo in the capital Baghdad on October 13, 2010. A string of companies created during the regime of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein have since transformed under an order of the post-invasion government of US diplomat Paul Bremer to turn military industries into civilian ones.  AFP PHOTO/ALI AL-SAADI (Photo credit should read ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: ALI AL-SAADI/2010 AFP

An investigation known as Operation Heavy Metal has ended in the arrests of fifteen Long Island Railroad workers (and two civilians.) The men have been accused of taking copper wire from MTA storage bins and selling it to scrap metal dealers for more than $250,000 over the last three years, and the scheme will likely cost them their jobs and pensions — unless brother-in-arms Joe Biden chooses to intervene, that is.