Man charged with $20K in damages to St. Paul light rail project

by Aaron DuBois

A 60-year-old man was charged with causing $20K in damages to the St. Paul light rail project according to the Star Tribune.

Brian J. Peterson was charged with four counts of criminal damage to property and one count of possession of burglary or theft tools in Ramsey County District Court, Thursday.

Peterson was seen cutting something off of the light rail on University near Berry Street at about 1:22 a.m. Wednesday.

Police found Peterson carrying three bags, one of which had bolt cutters and pieces of wire visible.

The copper wire was cut from four areas which will cost $5,000 to repair each site, said Steve Hansen, a subcontractor in charge of the copper ground wiring.

The complaint said that Peterson told police he cut the wire because he was low on money.