City employee who stole $9,000 in quarters sentenced

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A city employee who stole around $9,000 from parking meters will spend six months in jail and has to return every quarter he took.

Francis Tronolone worked various positions in the City of Buffalo’s Department of Parking Enforcement over the past 10 years, including parking meter collector and parking meter mechanic. During that time, the 33-year-old stole around $9,000 in quarters, stashing them in a small cooler in the back of his vehicle.

For the thefts, Tronolone will spend six months in prison and will have to pay $9,000 in restitution.

He was caught in 2011 along with James Bagarozzo, Lawrence Charles, and Franklin Lopez.

Bagarozzo stole more than $200,000 from parking meters and was sentenced in August 2013 to 30 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay $210,000 in restitution.

Charles took more than $10,000 in quarters and was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution and serve six months in jail.

Lopez pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars and will be sentenced in October. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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