A New Jersey man was arrested Tuesday after he was spotted carrying a cash register around a busy Long Island Rail Road station in Queens and cops said he had stolen it from a business in Patchogue and then carried it onto a Manhattan-bound train, according to a Suffolk County police news release.
Cory Ford, 34, of Newark, was to be arraigned Dec. 4 on a charge of third-degree burglary at First District Court in Central Islip. He was arrested Tuesday morning at the Long Island Rail Road station in Jamaica after police were called for a “man acting suspiciously,” authorities said.
A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said MTA police officers apprehended Ford, who had a cash register under his arm, at 6:50 a.m. on Tuesday at the Jamaica Station.
During an interview with police, Ford reportedly told the officers that he bought the cash register at Walmart, the spokeswoman, Meredith Daniels, said Wednesday.
After his arrest in Queens, he was turned over to Suffolk County police, who investigated the incident and determined Ford stole the cash register from a beauty salon in Patchogue. Fifth Squad detectives said the register had been stolen the night before from the Eloisa Beauty Center at 122 Medford Ave.
Daniels said the cash register contained an assortment of bills totaling $154.
Details from Ford’s Wednesday morning arraignment were not immediately available in online court records.