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On This Day… The Boy Who Stole A Train

Written by: George Chittenden : 04 May 2019

It was on this day, 8th May back in 1993 when a sixteen-year-old boy posed as a New York City Subway motorman and operated a train for three hours before being caught. Keron Thomas was born in Trinidad but moved to Brooklyn with his family in 1990. He quickly became obsessed with trains and studied New York Transit Authority's book of rules and regulations and its preparation book for the train operator's Civil Service test. His first arrest came in December 1992 when he was arrested for trespassing at a train yard, but this didn’t deter him.

Keron Thomas handcuffed.

Keron Thomas handcuffed.

It was on this day when he signed into the 207th Street Yard in Manhattan, posing as New York City Subway motorman Regoberto Sabio and proceeded to operate the train that originated at the 207th Street station. His actions went unnoticed for hours as passengers were safely picked up and let off at normal station stops along the route. He made one mistake when he operated the train too quickly around a curve in Washington Heights which tripped the trains emergency brakes. He was spared jail time for the incident, but sadly the following year he was charged with attempted murder after stabbing another teenager in a dispute over a dice game.

The New York Subway.

The New York Subway.

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