3 men accused of stealing train track metal

Deputies say men were caught on CSX railroad tracks in Volusia County

Published On: Apr 02 2012 06:44:02 AM EDT
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -

Deputies said they arrested three people who were caught trying to dismantle a train track for scrap metal Saturday.

Volusia County deputies said they were called to the area of the CSX railroad tracks in DeLand around 3 a.m. after lights and banging sounds were seen and heard.
Deputies said a resident called and reported what he saw as he sat on his porch and when deputies arrived a few moments later, they saw the flashlights and clanging noises against the tracks.

While deputies continued to observe from the ground, a Sheriff's Office helicopter was dispatched to the scene to check things out from the sky, deputies said.

The chopper saw three people running away from the tracks.

As deputies got closer, they spotted stacks of railroad spikes, clamps and plates along with a couple of plastic buckets and tools to yank the metal from the tracks, including hammers, a crow bar and a tire iron, officials said.

A short distance away, deputies located the three suspects and took them into custody.

Deputies arrested 18-year-old Francis Bowen, 36-year-old Jeffery Bowen, and 31-year-old Jahazel Fleming who were charged with grand theft, trespassing and interference with railroad operations.