As a former Manhattan prosecutor and as an experienced NY criminal defense attorney who has handled Grand Larceny crimes in New York City ranging from the thousands to millions of dollars, I have to admit that the arrest of Bruce Lesniewski, Darrin Pfaff and Kimberly Edwards for Grand Larceny is a “new” one. According to the Queens County District Attorneys Office, these three individuals are alleged not to have stolen jewels or money, but eight forklifts and seventeen tons of batteries from a warehouse in Queens where they worked as sub-contractors for the MTA. Regardless of what they are accused of stealing, however, the crime of Grand Larceny is still the same.
According to District Attorney Brown:
“The defendants are accused of trying to make a fast buck by stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of MTA equipment and selling it for a fraction of its value to a scrap dealer. By these arrests we have sent a clear message that in these challenging economic times, the MTA and the riding public can ill afford such waste and thievery and have underscored the fact that those who steal will be held accountable for their actions.”
The most serious offenses that the defendants are charged with, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree and Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, carry a potential maximum sentence of four years and seven years in state prison.
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