TO: All Media
DATE: July 17, 2014
FOR: Immediate Release
RE: Criminal Damage/Theft Arrest
On July 17, 2014 at 8:27 a.m. Crawford County 911 Center received a call of two males on the Burlington Northern Railroad right of way near 560 Avenue/K7 Hwy intersection. The caller reported that the suspects were cutting wire off of railroad utility poles and hauling it away. The caller was able to provide dispatch with a vehicle description as they left the area.
At 8:44 a.m. a Crawford County Deputy stopped a 2007 Chevrolet sedan registered to Car Credit Leasing of Joplin, MO. The vehicle contained nearly 200 feet of copper wire and miscellaneous steel railroad track pieces and components.
The occupants of the vehicle- Terrell L. Pepper, 32 of Pittsburg and Patrick E. Orender, 45 of Pittsburg were placed into custody. Pepper and Orender were each charged with Felony Theft and Trespassing on Railroad Property. Bond for each is $3000.
The incident remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and Burlington Northern Railroad officials.