Two Arrested For Stealing Copper Wire From Railroad Track In Cleveland County

Tuesday, November 7th 2006, 9:37 am
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities say two men are in jail for stealing copper wire along two miles of railroad track in Cleveland County.

The theft caused a temporary shutdown of the railroad route after the track's signal system was damaged.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe security agents arrested Danny Ray Elkins of Norman and Vaniver Hill Young of Lexington Monday morning on burglary and trespassing complaints.

The two are being held on $116,000 bonds.

A Burlington Northern spokesman says the men began removing the copper line Friday and continued through Sunday.

Spokesman Steve Forsberg says the theft affected the operation of several trains including Amtrak's Heartland Flyer, which runs daily between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth.

Forsberg says the men had 14 bales of copper wire in the back of their truck when they were arrested.