Arraignment Friday for man charged with destroying red light cameras on Long Island

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Friday, June 3, 2016
Ruth, 42, of 28 Stewart Circle, Centereach, was charged with four counts of Criminal Tampering 3rd Degree and four counts of Obstruction of Governmental Administration 2nd Degree.

RIVERHEAD, New York (WABC) -- A Centereach man who was charged with destroying red light cameras in Suffolk County will be back in court on Friday for arraignment.

43-year-old Stephen Ruth Jr. is charged with cutting the wiring on 16 cameras on intersections along Route 25 in Coram and Centereach.

According to the indictment, Ruth Jr. committed these acts in April.

He's also charged with cutting down a pole that had a red light camera on it at the intersection of County Route 83 and Old Town Road in Coram.

It's estimated that Ruth Jr. caused $85,000 in damages.

He was previously arraigned on similar charges last fall when he pushed the lenses of red light cameras away from traffic in Ronkonkoma.