Theft of 840K Coins Sends Meter Man to Prison

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former Buffalo, N.Y., parking meter mechanic has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars in quarters while on the job.

Prosecutors say it was James Bagarozzo’s idea to rig meters to get at the coins. He stole $210,000 over more than eight years, grabbing fistfuls of coins, storing them in a bag in his truck and then rolling and cashing them in at banks.

Bagarozzo apologized during a brief statement. He blamed a gambling addiction and an illness he believed would kill him.

Bagarozzo pleaded guilty to theft in September, along with a former co-worker, Lawrence Charles. Charles admitted stealing $15,000 in quarters over about five years. He’s expected to get six months to a year in prison at his Aug. 29 sentencing.

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  • chance68

    The illness that will kill him is 20 years in the slam!

  • alpinequeen

    Gambling addiction? Wait until the Casino arrives!

  • BekkaB0825

    Nothing “noice” about that. Just another scumbag thinking he can do whatever he wants.

  • FuKdRepUBLicAnZ

    Ur a scumbag.

  • BekkaB0825

    lol I love little kids and their little brains. Lacking brains I should say. Pop off

  • FuKdRepUBLicAnZ

    You must be the little kid. saying lol. yeA because that makes you sound real grown. I like how people assume they know who there talking too. face to face you wouldnt want it. internets a funny thing. ehhh

  • BekkaB0825

    It is a funny thing this internet, like how you use it to be a bad ass. I left a comment and you did a 5 y/o thing. So get a life and stop being so angry. Use the chat line for that!

  • FuKdRepUBLicAnZ

    Haha. Your the angry one. You did the 5 yr old thing by commenting such a stupid comment in the first play. grow up go to school

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  • BekkaB0825

    Judging by ths way you spelled your awesome “name”, I can see who’s the immature one. Don’t like what people write, that’s your problem.