NYPD releases surveillance footage of suspects in MTA prank
The NYPD released footage Saturday of three masked individuals chaining open emergency exits at the Beverly Road subway station along the 2 and 5 lines in Brooklyn.
Wearing masks, hoods and gloves, the unidentified suspects propped open emergency exits at eight stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, posting signs that read, "Customers ride for free," and putting tape over MetroCard readers "rendering them unusable," according to a statement released by the NYPD.
The NYPD is unsure whether the prank is tied to the Occupy Wall Street movement or if it was an isolated incident.
"We don't know who is behind the incidents or what the motivation is. The main part of the investigation is to figure out who did it. And, we also want to understand the motivation," Detective Brian Sessa, a spokesman for the Police Department, said Saturday.
An OWS organizer, however, told amNewYork last week that the incident was tied to the movement, and members of the Transport Workers Union and the Amalgamated Transit Union helped plan the demonstration, but did not physically participate.
One released video shows the suspects on a sidewalk after leaving the East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue 6 line in East Harlem around 5:15 a.m. on Wednesday.
Another shows a suspect with a white backpack and white scarf chaining open an emergency exit with other individuals. A third video depicts a man photographing the suspects at 7:20 a.m. at the Fort Hamilton Parkway subway station along the F and G lines as they commit their act.
The NYPD said it is "attempting to ascertain the identity of" the photographer in the video and is encouraging individuals to call with tips.
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