Former town employee pleads guilty in grand larceny scheme

A former Huntington Town employee pleaded guilty in a scheme involving grand larceny, officials said.

Robert Chura, a former part-time security guard, pleaded guilty to charges that he stole tools from the town and sold them for profit, pleaded guilty, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

“Stealing public property is a serious crime. Especially when, as in this case, the defendant exploited his position as a public employee to benefit himself,” Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney said in a statement.

“Fortunately, the only result he garnered from his scheme is a grand larceny conviction on his record,”  Tierney added.

Officials say that Chura worked for  the Town of Huntington when he used force to enter a locked tool-storage room and stole three hedge trimmers, two chainsaws and two leaf blowers. The total value of stolen items was approximately $3,700.

Officials said Chura confessed that he sold some of these items. Suffolk County Police detectives identified Chura when he listed some of the stolen items for sale online.

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