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    Default Enterprising And Sharp As A Marble S.Floridians Attempt Stealing RR Track For Scrap

    Uhhhmm...OK..

    3 arrested in Boynton for stealing railroad track for scrap

    By Chrystian Tejedor | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    September 28, 2007

    Boynton Beach- With Interstate 95 as their backdrop, three men were busy cutting rail on Thursday, allegedly in hopes of selling it for scrap and making about $100,000. The hitch, according to police, was that the rails didn't belong to them.

    The rails were laid near the track between Boynton Beach Boulevard and Woolbright Road, ready to be installed in case something went wrong with the tracks that carry Tri-Rail, Amtrak and CSX freight trains.

    "Because it was a big operation, to anyone driving by, it would just look like they belong there," police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said.

    After recording some of their work, police swooped in and arrested Gilberto Espino, 53, Felipe Medina, 37, and Jorge Tamayo, 43, all of Miami-Dade County. They were charged with grand theft, conspiracy to commit grand theft and interfering with a railroad track.

    Detectives said Medina was the "brains of the operation" and that he spray-painted the parts of rail he wanted cut. In little more than five hours, the three managed to cut 121 sections of rail, each 40 feet long, Sgt. John Bonafair said.

    "The guys were fast, yeah," he said.

    Each section of track weighed about a ton, police said, so Espino and Tamayo used a construction vehicle to lift the steel rail onto their truck. Once the track was fully loaded, police said, the men were supposed to deliver it to a scrap yard in Opa-locka, in central Miami-Dade County.

    Investigators suspect this wasn't the first time the men struck that particular track. In December, thieves were scared off by a passing officer and left a Bobcat construction vehicle behind. Authorities at first thought the vehicle belonged there but became suspicious when it disappeared some days later.


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    A lot of that stuff going on in Detroit too. Enterprising thieves stealing manhole covers, copper pipes out of abandoned buildings, or trying to steel copper from live electrical transformers (it's resulted in numerous deaths in 2007). The problem is the scrapyards that have no problem accepting 30-40 manhole covers that say property of the City of Detroit on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugs Meanie View Post
    A lot of that stuff going on in Detroit too. Enterprising thieves stealing manhole covers, copper pipes out of abandoned buildings, or trying to steel copper from live electrical transformers (it's resulted in numerous deaths in 2007). The problem is the scrapyards that have no problem accepting 30-40 manhole covers that say property of the City of Detroit on them.
    I hear ya. Same deal here regarding the copper, and the fact is, it is beginning to be a major deal nation-wide, as well. Simply type the words "stealing copper" into Google news. The amount of hits is astounding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    I hear ya. Same deal here regarding the copper, and the fact is, it is beginning to be a major deal nation-wide, as well. Simply type the words "stealing copper" into Google news. The amount of hits is astounding.
    I was working in Richmond, VA last year on a project. One day, we came in and the power was dead to the part of the building I was working in. We spent hours trying to figure out what was wrong. Finally, an electrician discovered that someone had accessed the wiring from outside and help themselves to the copper. The dumbass thief was lucky he wasn't killed.

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    Yep, I've run into these guys out here at the abandoned Army base. Every empty building has had the wiring removed, the plumbing removed and some of the fixtures removed.

    In California now you have to show ID and detail where you got your scrap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    In California now you have to show ID and detail where you got your scrap.
    Boom, there it is. Simple, effective, why isn't it the norm throughout the land?

    How many tons of railroad track would my local salvager accept? At what tonnage would they say, "Hey, this isn't kosher, I'm calling my buddy Sgt. Bill down at the station?"

 

 

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