Amtrak Employee, Jose Rodriguez Charged with Stealing and Selling over $50,000 Worth of Chainsaws and Chainsaw Parts
NEWARK, N.J (STL.News) An Amtrak employee was arrested last night for stealing chainsaws and chainsaw parts valued at over $50,000 from Amtrak and reselling them, primarily through an online auction service, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.
Jose Rodriguez, 48, of Brick, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of theft from an agency receiving federal funds and one count of theft of government property. Rodriguez is scheduled to appear via videoconference this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.
According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Rodriguez has been an Amtrak employee since October 2007, most recently as a senior engineer and repairman, based out of an Amtrak facility in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Between August 2016 and July 2020, Rodriguez obtained 77 chainsaws, 103 bars, and 163 chains from Amtrak, the total value of which was over $50,000. Rodriguez used an online auction service to sell most of the Amtrak chainsaws and parts to purchasers throughout the United States.