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2 charged, 1 sought in theft of 5,000 pounds of metal

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 1:12 PM
Last updated Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 1:53 AM
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Two women have been charged and one man is being sought after police recovered thousands of stolen railroad track anchors and spikes that totaled about 2 1/2 tons.

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Police continue to search for Bobby James Murray, who faces felony charges of theft by taking. He and two women are suspected of stealing thousands of railroad track anchors and spikes.  SPECIAL
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Police continue to search for Bobby James Murray, who faces felony charges of theft by taking. He and two women are suspected of stealing thousands of railroad track anchors and spikes.


An investigation began after Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a 911 hang-up call at a Gordon Highway motel parking lot July 31 and found a couple in a truck that was loaded with more than 2,000 pounds of metal.

Metal theft Investigator Ken­dall Brown said the driver, Bobby James Murray, was taken in on an outstanding bench warrant. Deputies took photos of the metal and interviewed the passenger, Karen Longfritz, 49, but did not charge her.

Brown later received photos of the metal and recovered the 1,060 railroad track anchors from an area scrap yard.

“No one was arrested that day,” Brown said. “We have several hundred miles of tracks here. We had to first find out if it was CSX
railroad (metal) or Norfolk Southern.”

Police received anonymous tips that led them to the residence of Amanda Holsomback, 25, Murray’s niece, at 1228 Brown Road. In the yard of the home, police discovered 1,350 railroad track spikes and 63 railroad anchors that totaled about 3,000 pounds.

After a joint investigation with Norfolk South­ern Railroad police, the group is suspected of trespassing on the Norfolk Southern Railroad Yard, at International Boulevard and Doug Barnard Parkway.

Longfritz and Hol­som­back were booked into the Richmond County jail Wednesday on charges of felony theft by taking. Police continue to search for Murray, who also faces felony charges of theft by taking.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact Brown at (706) 821-1020.

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marien
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marien 08/28/13 - 12:55 pm
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Let the comments begin this

Let the comments begin this is a sad and trashy bunch.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/28/13 - 01:19 pm
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This is the ultimate...

...heavy metal group!

jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/28/13 - 02:08 pm
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TRIO
Unpublished

Looks like the meth has taken it's toll!

leebraxjr
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leebraxjr 08/28/13 - 02:18 pm
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Spikes in front yard

Do you think they were tired of being "railroaded"?

mchastainga
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mchastainga 08/28/13 - 02:48 pm
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BANG YOUR meth head

you got it right - heavy metal group! "Bang your meth head" bunch probably.

just an opinion
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just an opinion 08/28/13 - 05:40 pm
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So why wasn't the scrap yard owner charged?

He knew what they were. He just didn't get rid of them in time. As long as there is a buyer there will continue to be thieves.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/28/13 - 06:14 pm
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Oh good, my up the street

Oh good, my up the street neighbors are meth head metal thieves. Two strikes against them.......put them down now and save us a lot of trouble later. We've got plenty of scumbags and skanks to take up the slack.

Clemsondoc
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Clemsondoc 08/28/13 - 06:37 pm
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I guessed wrong

While loading I would have sworn it said crystal meth arrest based on pictures.

KSL
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KSL 08/28/13 - 09:10 pm
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What is the value of that

What is the value of that metal?

rebellious
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rebellious 08/28/13 - 10:22 pm
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Value

5000 pounds at $10 per hundred weight = $500. And I bet it wasn't easy to remove.

Two drunks walking on a railroad track. One says to the other, "These steps sure are a long way apart!". The second one says "Hell with the steps, these low handrails are killing my back!".

Gotta be a Forrest Forrest Gump quote appropriate here.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/29/13 - 06:16 am
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Drugs drugs & more of it

We are losing our young folks....our drug war is not working...we have to try something else.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/29/13 - 08:13 am
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Where does it say anything

Where does it say anything about drugs in this article? People sure do like to jump to conclusions based on what someone looks like...

corgimom
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corgimom 08/29/13 - 08:56 am
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Ok, they aren't meth heads.

Ok, they aren't meth heads.

They could be terminally ill or suffering from extreme anorexia.

There, I've covered all the bases, bdouglas.

Darby
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Darby 08/29/13 - 02:10 pm
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"What is the value of that metal?"

What's up, KSL...?? Looking to invest in a new business venture?

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 08/30/13 - 07:48 am
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CRSYTAL METH....
Unpublished

"one helluva drug"......

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