3 accused of stealing Smithtown recyclables

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Two carters and a salvage operator are accused of stealing cardboard and paper recyclables from the Town of Smithtown, the Suffolk County district attorney's office said Wednesday.

Two of the men are managers at Jody Enterprises Inc., a garbage hauler serving 33,000 homes in Islip, Smithtown, Brookhaven and Huntington.

William Stegemann, 55, of Lindenhurst, the company's manager of operations, and field supervisor Michael D'Alessandro, 43, of East Patchogue, were arrested Wednesday, along with the owner of a West Babylon salvage company, Joseph DeMatteo, 72, of West Islip. All three are to be arraigned Thursday on grand larceny charges. The investigation is ongoing, said district attorney's office spokesman Robert Clifford.

"The allegation is that D'Alessandro and Stegemann diverted the recyclables from the Town of Smithtown recycling plant to a private salvage company in West Babylon for which they received cash payments less than the market value for the recyclables," Clifford said.

He declined to specify the value of the stolen material.

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Lawyers for the defendants weren't immediately known last night.

District Attorney Thomas Spota plans to release further details at a news conference at his Hauppauge office Thursday.

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said town public safety officers noticed the activities of the carters and contacted the district attorney's office.

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Jody Enterprises is a 7-year-old company, owned by Giustino Gallone, records show. He could not be reached for comment.

In June, Babylon Town selected Jody for a 10-year contract to collect residential garbage for the town's 43,000 tax parcels. Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer hailed the contract as a money-saver for the town and said other towns had given Jody "stellar" recommendations. Schaffer could not be reached last night.

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