James Bagarozzo, has been jailed for stealing more than $210,000 from parking machines across New York.
Bagarozzo is a parking meter repair man, worked in Buffalo for more than 30 years and serviced its 1,200 meters.
The 58-year-old rigged dozens of machines so deposited quarters never dropped into the coin canister – allowing him to steal the money for himself.
FBI investigators found around $47,000 in cash and quarters in Bagarozzo’s home, including $40,000 hidden in his bedroom ceiling.
The FBI said the bank never questioned him because he said he had a friend in the vending machine business.
Special agent Rob Gross of the FBI Buffalo division, who investigated the case, said: ‘When he went to work, half of his day was spent stealing from the city.
Bagarozzo has been jailed for two-and-a-half years and former colleague Lawrence Charles, who stole $15,000 in quarters, has been arrested.