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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 24, 2013

Rochester Man Sentenced for Stealing Interstate Shipment from Railcar

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Anthony Toscano, 48, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to steal an interstate shipment and theft of an interstate shipment, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $4,669.26 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, who handled the case, stated that on June 30, 2009, Toscano, along with co-conspirators Richard E. Riedman, Anthony Russell and Timothy Stone, stole more than 16 gross tons of scrap steel from a railcar at a CSXT rail yard in Batavia, N.Y. The defendants used a logging truck to remove 17 gross-ton bales of processed, high-grade scrap steel from the railcar.

            Toscano and the other defendants were apprehended by members of the Genesee County Sheriff's Office in the logging truck and a pick-up truck as they left the scene of the theft. The bales were in the process of being shipped to a steel mill in Pennsylvania when they were stolen. Toscano, Riedman, Russell, and Stone were convicted after a two-week jury trial before Judge Siragusa in September 2012.

            Defendants Stone and Russell will be sentenced by Judge Siragusa on July 9, 2013, and July 31, 2013, respectively.  Riedman is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Siragusa on September 16, 2013.

            The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel and the Genesee County Sheriff's Department, under the direction of Gary Maha.