Caltrain vendor machine repairmen plead not guilty to theft charges 

Two repairmen accused of stealing more than $40,000 from ticket vending machines at Caltrain stations pleaded not guilty to the allegations in a Redwood City courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

Orvilla Taylor, 59, and Herbert David Todd, 52, face a dozen felony charges in connection with the massive theft from Caltrain, which recently raised ticket prices by a quarter to deal with a $30 million budget deficit.

The repairmen skimmed cash on 12 separate occasions while working for the San Mateo County Transit District, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

They allegedly brought broken ticket vending machines back to headquarters for repair, disassembled them and then pocketed the cash, Wagstaffe said.

A Caltrain audit uncovered discrepancies in the amounts deposited into the machines and the amounts collected, the transit agency said. Also, surveillance videos at the stations showed “suspicious and irregular conduct” by the accused repairman, Wagstaffe said.

“You count on people to be honest about it,” the district attorney said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Caltrain passengers have been hit with increased ticket prices for a sixth time in as many years.

The case against the repairmen was set for superior court review on Sept. 28. The suspects are out of custody after posting the $150,000 bail.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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