Thieves Made Multiple Trips
Ada County Sheriff’s Detectives and Union Pacific Police are investigating the theft of over $100,000 worth of railroad equipment from cars parked on tracks southeast of Boise earlier this fall.
The thefts occurred sometime between the beginning of September and Oct. 5. That’s when someone stole 140 truck batteries, 112 condenser refrigeration units, and a large amount of copper piping from rail cars parked on the tracks.
The condensers, which look like car radiators, weigh about 90 pounds each. The batteries are similar to what are used in semitrailer trucks.
The thieves also siphoned hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel from the cars.
The cars were parked on the tracks in the desert east of Boise, between Pleasant Valley and Orchard Ranch roads. Of the 300 cars parked on the tracks, thieves damaged at least 113.
Whoever stole the equipment had to use a large truck and likely made multiple trips out to where the rail cars were parked.
Anyone with information should call the Ada County Sheriff Office at 377-6790 and ask to speak to a property crimes detective.
A cash reward is available from Union Pacific for anyone who has information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Union Pacific can be reached at (919) 789-6019.