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Centereach Man Arrested for Tampering with Red Light Cameras

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Suffolk County Police today arrested a man for tampering with several red light cameras in Ronkonkoma.

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Update: Stephen Ruth was arrested again on April 12th, 2016 for tampering with additional Red Light Cameras.

Photo by: SCPD, April 12th 2016 Arrest

Ronkonkoma, NY - August 25, 2015 - Suffolk County Police today arrested a man for tampering with several red light cameras in Ronkonkoma.

Sixth Precinct Crime Section officers received anonymous tips regarding a social media video post that showed a man tampering with red light cameras in Ronkonkoma.  Using an expandable pole, the man pushed the cameras to point towards the sky so that they would not capture violators.

After an investigation, officers identified Stephen Ruth as the suspect and he was arrested at his home today at 3:56 p.m.

Ruth tampered with the camera located on Ocean Avenue and Long Island Expressway South Service Road, Ronkonkoma, on August 21 and on August 24. This afternoon, he tampered with two cameras located at Hawkins Avenue and the Long Island Expressway South Service Road in Ronkonkoma.

Ruth, 42, of Centereach, was charged with four counts of Criminal Tampering 3rd Degree and four counts of Obstruction of Governmental Administration 2nd Degree. 

The cameras are maintained by Affiliated Computer Services Incorporated, from Baltimore Maryland.

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