Port worker sold stolen items as scrap, cops say

Section: Capital Region,  Page: D5

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2008

ALBANY - A city man who works at the Port of Albany was charged with grand larceny after being accused of stealing more than $100,000 worth of equipment from a shed at the port and selling some of it as scrap metal, police said.

Sometime between March 28 and April 1, Joseph Coffaro, 54, of Alden Avenue, allegedly stole copper insulator bars, aluminum conductor adapters and a current transformer belonging to GE Power Systems, police said.

Coffaro was charged with second-degree grand larceny after police said they found some of the stolen items at Ontario Scrap. Workers at the scrap metal company helped identify Coffaro, who allegedly admitted to stealing the equipment when questioned Friday, police said.

He was arraigned Saturday and sent to Albany County jail without bail.

- David Filkins