Cops: Centereach Man, Stephen Ruth, 42, Arrested for Tampering with Red Light Cameras in Ronkonkoma
August 26, 2015
LONG ISLAND, NY – Suffolk County Police have arrested a man for tampering with several red light cameras in Ronkonkoma.
According to police, Sixth Precinct Crime Section officers received anonymous tips regarding a social media video post that showed a man tampering with red light cameras in Ronkonkoma. Using an expandable pole, the man pushed the cameras to point towards the sky so that they would not capture violators.
After an investigation, officers identified Stephen Ruth as the suspect and he was arrested at his home Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 3:56 p.m..
Stephen Ruth, 42, of Centereach, was charged with four counts of Criminal Tampering 3rd Degree and four counts of Obstruction of Governmental Administration 2nd Degree.
Ruth tampered with the camera located on Ocean Avenue and Long Island Expressway South Service Road, Ronkonkoma, on August 21 and on August 24. On Tuesday, August 25, 2015 he tampered with two cameras located at Hawkins Avenue and the Long Island Expressway South Service Road in Ronkonkoma.
Ruth, 42, of Centereach, was charged with four counts of Criminal Tampering 3rd Degree and four counts of Obstruction of Governmental Administration 2nd Degree.
The cameras are maintained by Affiliated Computer Services Incorporated, from Baltimore Maryland.
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