Selden Man Charged With Stealing $4K in Power Plant Supplies

A 38-year-old Selden man has been arrested for stealing more than $4,000 worth of equipment and supplies from a power plant in Queens where he worked, authorities said.

Robert Maier pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Queens county court to charges of grand larceny and official misconduct.

“While the defendant is accused of stealing from his employer, his alleged actions impacted the public, as well,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. “Workplace supplies are not freebies available to an employee for his personal use.”

Prosecutors said Maier was an operating technician at a power plant run by the New York Power Authority in Astoria when he allegedly stole 85 items, including halogen lamps, respirator parts, air hoses, lock sets, sump pumps, kneeling pads and Zip Loc bags.

He was fired following his arrest. His annual salary had been $86,400. The case was investigated by the New York State Inspector General’s office.

Judge Gia Morris released Maier without bail. He is due back in court Dec. 4.