Police find hidden video cameras on LIRR ticket machines

Alfonso A. Castillo reports:

Police are investigating an apparent credit and debit card scam involving tiny video cameras hidden on Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department first learned of the scam after a customer found one of the small video cameras on the floor — having apparently fallen off a ticket vending machine.

Authorities went on to find hidden cameras attached to seven machines at four LIRR stations: Bayside and Great Neck on the Port Washington branch, Merillon Avenue on the Huntington/Port Jefferson branch, and Greenvale on the Oyster Bay branch.

Police Friday were continuing to inspect all of the LIRR’s more than 200 ticket machines at 124 stations. MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg said that, as of Friday night, all but 14 machines had been checked, and no additional cameras had been found.

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