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Amtrak employee accused of stealing railroad repair tools

April 17, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Chicago man was accused of stealing more than $1,400 worth of railroad repair tools from Amtrak, where he works as a machinist, county prosecutors said Thursday.

Carmen Carrizales, 41, of the 4300 block of South Talman Avenue, was authorized to make purchases on behalf of Amtrak for tools like hammers and drills and other supplies used to repair railroads, prosecutors said, but an investigation by Amtrak's police force found that he had also brought home many of the tools he'd purchased on the company dime.

Carrizales allegedly purchased more than $10,800 worth of tools on behalf of Amtrak since 2007 and brought about one-tenth of that haul home with him for personal use, the police report said. He was able to make the purchases from a work computer without approval or oversight, the report said.

Carrizales was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Thursday afternoon and released on a $10,000 I-bond.

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