Thieves steal more than $100,000 in equipment from rail cars near Boise

October 28, 2013 

— The Ada County Sheriff’s Office and Union Pacific Police are searching for thieves that took more than $100,000 of railroad equipment from rail cars southeast of Boise.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Patrick Orr said the theft happened between the beginning of September and Oct 5. Items stolen included 140 truck batteries, 112 condenser refrigeration units, copper piping, and hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel, which was siphoned from the rail cars as they were parked on the tracks.

Orr said that the culprits likely used a large truck and made multiple trips to the site. One hundred thirteen of the 300 cars parked on the tracks between Plesant Valley and Orchard Ranch Roads were damaged.

Anyone with information about the thefts is urged to contact the Ada County Sheriff’s Office at 377-6790 and ask for a property crimes detective. Union Pacific is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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