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Police: MTA Worker Knocked Out Power To Thousands With Stolen Truck

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Charges are pending against a transit worker who authorities say stole a bucket truck from a Metropolitan Transportation Authority yard in Queens early Tuesday and ended up knocking out power to thousands.

The agency says Joel Grasman, 51, is a light maintainer at its facility in Jamaica.

Police say Grasman stole a truck and raised its boom as he drove through the streets of his hometown of Elmont around 4 a.m.

Several power lines, poles and tree limbs were knocked down.

Some 6,000 customers were without power.

Nassau County police say Grasman initially intended to steal welding equipment, but when it would not fit in his truck, he took the bucket truck instead.

The MTA says its investigation is ongoing and disciplinary action will be taken once it's complete.

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