Anthony Agornyo, 52, of Oceanside, was arraigned on Monday, July 10, on charges including grand larceny, the Nassau County District Attorney announced.

According to the charges against him, Agornyo, a transit service technician with the New York State Department of Transportation, is accused of multiple thefts of metal from the department’s Hauppauge yard between April 2022 and June 2023.

He reportedly used a proxy truck to steal the scrap metal, much of which district attorneys said was marked as the property of the New York State Department of Transportation.

Other items that district attorneys allege Agornyo stole included traffic poles and traffic light cabinets, some bearing the words “NYS INFORM,” a reference to the traffic system on Long Island roads operated by NYSDOT’s 10th District.

Agornio allegedly brought the scrap metal home overnight and drove it the next day to a local recycling center in Freeport, where he sold it for cash.

He did it all in a New York State Department of Transportation vehicle, the district attorney’s office claims.

In total, Agornyo allegedly stole and sold more than $3,800 worth of metal.

During his trial, he pleaded not guilty:

  • Grand Theft (Felony)
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property (Felony)
  • official misconduct

Agornio will return to court on Monday, July 17. If convicted, he faces two years and one-third to seven years in prison.

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