No Sign of Billy Leroy’s Subway Signs

Posted on: October 28th, 2010 at 6:36 am by

Now they’re just messing with him. Barely a month after the city dropped theft charges against antique dealer Billy Leroy, the Daily News is reporting that prosecutors in the case have yet to return his beloved trove of subway signs. That they instead wish to hand over the 96 transit-related items seized last March to the MTA.

Leroy’s defense attorney, Ron Kuby, goes further by saying that the whole fiasco has ostensibly transformed the District Attorney’s office into a “cut-rate repo agency for the MTA.” Great soundbyte!

[Photo Credit: Wall Street Journal]

Authorities first descended upon Billy’s Antiques & Props last March to bust him for selling alleged MTA property. He quickly hired Ron Kuby and has been on the offensive ever since, constantly vocalizing his situation to the local media. Then late last month, the case was dismissed, and it seemed the fiasco was finished. Nope.

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