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Worker arraigned in theft from Albion canal facility

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 January 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION A state Canal Corporation worker was arraigned in Orleans County Court on Monday for allegedly stealing $5,700 of metal from the Canal Corp.’s Albion maintenance facility.

Bruce Rotoli, 55, of Albion has been charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was arrested in May following a four-month investigation by state police, Village of Albion police and the Thruway Authority, which runs the canal system.

Rotoli pleaded not guilty to the crimes in court on Monday. Judge James Punch kept his bail at $2,500. Rotoli is next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 27.

Police say that Rotoli in the fall of 2012 removed bronze bushing material from the Albion maintenance facility. Rotoli is currently on disability.