Railroad offers reward for info on equipment theft

More than a month after $51,000 worth of railroad repair equipment was stolen in Edinburgh, officials have had difficulty recovering the items or arresting who was responsible.

So R.J. Corman Railroad Services, which owns the equipment, is offering a $500 reward to help energize the investigation. To redeem the reward, information must lead to the recovery of the items and the prosecution of those involved in its theft, said Andy Midkiff, railroad police chief for R.J. Corman.

On July 4, someone broke into several box trucks and trailers parked at the Edinburgh railroad crossing where crews were working to upgrade the Louisville and Indiana Railroad Co. line. Equipment including eight Husqvarna rail saws, a Ryobi 3,600 watt generator, rail drills, torch sets and a rail alignment laser were taken, Midkiff said.

Edinburgh Police Department and Detective David Lutz are leading the investigation, with support from R.J. Corman officials. With limited information coming in about the theft, they decided it was time to offer a reward, Midkiff said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Midkiff at (859) 304-2092 or andy.midkiff@rjcorman.com; or Lutz at (812) 526-3501 or dlutz@edinburgh.in.us.

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Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at rtrares@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2727.