LI man allegedly sabotages cell phone tower

December 2, 2011 3:11:14 PM PST
A Long Island man is facing charges after police say he sabotaged a cell phone tower.

Authorities say 67-year-old Ronald Derisi, of Smithtown, allegedly cut at least 12 feeder cables to a Metro PCS tower under construction in Nesconset.

Suffolk County police arrested Derisi on Thursday.

Sources told Eyewitness News that in full view of surveillance cameras, Derisi allegedly uses a hand saw to cut through about a dozen of these thick cables. He also allegedly vandalized other parts of the tower with foam and paint, costing the town about a hundred thousand dollars.

He is charged with two felonies, first-degree tampering and second-degree criminal mischief.