City police seek meter thieves

K187 the hole

Only a hole remained Wednesday, Dec. 3 where once there was a meter. (Jesse J. Smith)

Kingston cops are looking for the person or people who ripped out, broke open and discarded at least a dozen parking meters in Uptown Kingston.

The thefts occurred sometime overnight on Tuesday, Dec. 2 on Fair, John and other streets in the Stockade District. Kingston Police Department Lt. Thierry Croizer said the next day that a number of the meters had been recovered at locations around the neighborhood. In each case, he said, the coin-boxes had been broken open and emptied. One source familiar with the case said that the coin-boxes likely contained anywhere from $25 to $50 each. Detectives investigating the thefts are seeking witnesses and security-camera video that may have caught the culprits in the act. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Kingston police at (845) 331-1671. Tips can also be submitted anonymously using the Tipsoft app on the department’s Facebook page.