Charged with hiding on a train for the purpose of stealing a ride were William Robert Jackson, 26, of Graham, Wash.; Jayson Arthur Willard, 23, of Williamston, Mich.; Dennis James Kist, 24, of Okeana, Ohio; Megan Rose Tuck, 23, of Fort Worth, Texas; Jo Ann Heilberg, 23, of Florida; and Heather Bermudez, 23, of New Hampshire.
They were being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Monday on $1,100 bond, according to jail records.
All six are listed as homeless in a report from the Grovetown Police Department.
They had hopped a CSX train in Atlanta with the intention of traveling to Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, according to the report, and were discovered aboard by a CSX police officer shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday when the train stopped in Grovetown near the 300 block of Railroad Avenue.
They were turned over to Grovetown police, and four dogs traveling with them were turned over to Columbia County Animal Services.
All four large-breed dogs appeared to be well-taken care of and had up-to-date rabies vaccinations, said Linda Glasscock, the animal services manager.
The travelers were carrying ample amounts of dog food in their backpacks, she said.
A relative of Willard plans to travel to the shelter to pick up his dog, Glasscock said, and the others will be caged until their owners are released from jail.