Friday, 08 June 2012 01:37

Two Pioneer men charged with possession of stolen SPI train

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Amador County – Two Pioneer men were arrested recently for possession of a stolen railroad car that had been largely dismantled and sold for scrap metal.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of David Glenn Parsons, 42, and Troy Allen Whisler, 42, both of Pioneer who were charged with possession of stolen property and violation of probation. Both men were booked into the Amador County Jail and are being held without bail.

Undersheriff Jim Wegner released details of the investigation Wednesday: “On May 31, Sierra Pacific Industries contacted the Amador County Sheriff’s Office to report that a large rail car, which was being used as a bridge, had been stolen from SPI property located off Fiddletown Road. The initial investigation by Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies determined the theft occurred in El Dorado County.”

Wegner said on June 1, an SPI employee called the Amador Sheriff’s Office to report that the stolen railroad car had been found on a parcel of property in an area near Bootstrap Road in Amador County.

“Deputies responded and contacted two suspects associated with the stolen rail car,” Wegner said. “The investigation determined that the two individuals had stolen the rail car and were dismantling it for sale as scrap metal. Approximately two-thirds of the rail car had already been dismantled and sold to a regional recycler. Only three sections, approximately one-third of the car was left on the property. Deputies also located three large storage containers on the property which were locked with stolen SPI pad locks.”

A search of the property conducted by Amador County Sheriff’s Detectives revealed an unreported stolen truck and several items stolen from the California Department of Transportation, the County of Amador and the United States Postal Service.

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