Metro-North employee stole toilet paper, batteries, paint brushes, investigation says

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NEW YORK – A Metro-North inventory control clerk at the Croton Harmon Yard stole railroad property from a storeroom, according to a just-concluded report by the MTA inspector general.

File Gjidoda allegedly stole toilet paper, batteries, paint brushes, trays and tools for use in her own rental properties.

The inspector general wrote that although Gjidoda resigned during the investigation, the report on her activities be placed in her personnel file.

The inspector general also told Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi that “We also found that Helen Edwards, manager of storeroom operations at Croton Yard, failed to adequately supervise Gjidoda. We recommend that MNR discipline Edwards as it deems appropriate.”

“When someone steals from the MTA they are also stealing from riders and taxpayers,” said MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny. “While I believe the cast majority of MTA employees are hardworking and honest, individual instances of misconduct such as this violate the public trust and distract from the MTA’s purpose of providing a safe, reliable, affordable, and accessible transit system.”