Police: Man Tried to Steal Highway Light Pole on Meadowbrook State Parkway

Troopers saw the 45-year-old man standing outside his van near the light pole

Monday, Mar 26, 2012  |  Updated 3:27 PM EDT
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Police: L.I. Man Tried to Steal Highway Light Pole

NBC New York

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A New York man is facing criminal charges after state police say he tried to steal a light pole from the side of a parkway.

William Richardson of Hempstead was arrested Sunday afternoon on the Meadowbrook State Parkway, near Sunrise Highway.

A state police press release says troopers saw the 45-year-old Richardson standing outside his van near the light pole. Police say Richardson explained that he planned to cut down the light pole to sell it.

He faces criminal mischief and grand larceny charges.

He was due to be arraigned Monday in district court. The name of his attorney was not immediately available.

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