NORWALK, Conn. A convicted felon has been charged with stealing more than 300 pounds of copper wire from Norwalk railroad crossings, Metro Transit Authority Police say. The missing wire was sold to a Bridgeport junk yard for $300, but repairs to the crossings will cost more than $17,000, officials said. Didier Mora, 45, of 9 Windward Lane, Norwalk, was arrested and arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court Friday.
The following account of the incident is based on an affidavit written by MTA Detective Tim Corcoran:
On Jan. 4, Metro North reported the theft of copper wire from the railroad crossing on Cross Street. Four coils were missing: One had been next to the signal structure and two were taken from an underground vault nearby. In addition, 50 feet of wire was missing from the New Canaan Avenue crossing.
The detective went to Lajoie's in Norwalk to see if any wire had been sold there. The answer was no, but Lajoie's sent a photo of the missing wire to its Bridgeport location. Two men had sold 300 pounds of wire there on Jan. 3. They were paid $300, and Lajoie's made a photocopy of one man's driver's license.
That was Mora. His car also matched video surveillance obtained from Lajoie's. Mora is on supervised parole until 2016 for narcotics. His parole agent was contacted and Mora was apprehended.
Mora has five prior arrests from 1989 to 2002 for possession of narcotics, sale of narcotics and violation of probation. He was also arrested in 1985 and charged with burglary second degree.
He was charged with larceny third degree, damage to railroad property first degree, conspiracy and criminal trespass third degree.
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