A pair of Conservation and Recreation workers were arrested today on charges they sold decorative railings from the Longfellow Bridge for scrap, the Middlesex County DA's office announced.
The two allegedly made $12,000 for the 91,260 pounds of metal, which they loaded and hauled away with a state Bobcat and dump truck over several Saturdays in July and August, prosecutors say. The state estimates it will cost $500,000 to $700,000 to replicate the castings, which were melted down by an Everett scrap dealer and which had been stored in a Stoneham yard while the bridge underwent repairs.
Richard Stewart, 42, of Saugus, and Joseph Falzone, 43, of Nashua, NH, were arraigned in Malden District Court today on 12 counts of receiving stolen goods and 12 counts of conspiracy.
Stewart is the DCR Middlesex Fells District Manager and Falzone is a DCR employee.
Prosecutors did not say if either of the two was the DCR worker suspended for eight days last week for selling non-Longfellow scrap from the same yard to pay for a party for co-workers.