Man charged with cutting up, trying to steal Green Line signal cables
MBTA Transit Police say Robert O'Neil's pants were not bulging early this morning because he was happy to see them, but because they were stuffed with a "large pair of cable cutters" he'd allegedly used to snip and try to remove Green Line signal wires running along the tracks at the Brookline Village trolley stop.
O'Neil, 43, of Medford, faces arraignment today in Brookline District Court on charges of larceny over $250, vandalizing railroad signals and trespassing.
MBTA and Brookline police arrived at the station around 2:10 a.m. after somebody called 911 to report a guy clipping cables and piling them on the tracks.
O'Neil tried to flee the scene, but was hampered by a "stiff legged" gait caused by having a large set of shears - and a pair of work gloves - in his pants, police say. They add:
A quick search of the adjacent area turned up a pile of MBTA cable cut into five foot sections piled in a dark area near the track bed.
Police add this shows the importance of people saying something when they see something.
The T reports workers were able to repair the damage in time for the bulk of the morning commute - only the first train of the morning was delayed, by seven minutes.