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Buffalo Parking Meter Mechanic Who Stole 800,000 quarters over 8 Years Will Spend 2 1/2 Years in Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Bagarozzo spent eight years stealing quarters from parking meters in Buffalo.

By the time he was arrested in December 2011, authorities said he had stolen 800,000 quarters – or $200,000.

The parking meter mechanic was sentenced to 2 1/2 ears in prison Friday.

“When he went to work, half of his day was spent stealing from the city,” said Special Agent Rob Gross, who investigated the case out of our Buffalo Division.

So how did the 57-year-old exchange the quarters at a bank without raising red flags?

The FBI said he rolled the changed in coin wrappers and said his friend worked with a vending machine business.

“He developed such a good relationship with the bank tellers,” Gross said.

Here’s the press release

Mexican Drug Traffickers Dug Tunnels Under Metered Parking Spaces in Az

 
 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Mexican drug dealers are getting pretty darn imaginative when it comes to using tunnels at the border.

ABC News reports that authorities found smugglers had dug more than a dozen tunnels at the border in Nogales, Az, that opened up right under a parking lot with meters.

ABC reported that the smugglers cut neat rectangles out of the pavement under parking spots.

People on the U.S. side then parked cars with false bottoms in the spots and fed the meters. Then someone would come under the car and load it with drugs.

After that, someone would put the concret blocks back in place, using jacks, ABC reported. Then someone would drive off with the car.

ABC reported that U.S. Border Patrol agents found 16 tunnels leading to the 18 metered parking spaces on International Street in Nogales.

“It’s unbelievable,” Nogales mayor Arturo Garino told Tucson, Arizona ABC affiliate KGUN. “Those are the strides these people take to get the drugs across the border.”
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