PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Port Authority employee is facing theft and conspiracy charges for allegedly taking used bus tickets and re-selling them in an illegal ticket-selling operation that was costing the transit authority thousands of dollars a week.
Port Authority police say James Taylor, a maintenance worker at its Collier garage, would gather used tickets from the buses and “recycle” them for personal profit.
Police arrested Taylor on Tuesday at a fast foot restaurant in Carrick where they say he was allegedly in the act of selling tickets to someone from his vehicle in the parking lot.
According to court records, detectives found Taylor with thousands of dollars in used Port Authority tickets, a gun and $3,111 in cash.
Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie today praised police for their successful investigation.
“Our police department did an excellent job tracking this down, investigating, doing some work to find out exactly what the source of this was… Thanks to our police department,“ Richie added, “now this is the hands of the criminal justice system.“
Taylor remains in the Allegheny County Jail awaiting arraignment.