Police said Wednesday that a man sought in the July theft of about 2 1/2 tons of railroad metal has been arrested but is now out on bond.
Bobby James Murray, 50, was one of three charged after Richmond County sheriff’s deputies discovered thousands of stolen railroad anchors and spikes.
According to an incident report, deputies were called July 31 to a 911 telephone hang-up and discovered Murray and Karen Longfritz, 49, near a truck loaded with metal. The couple said the metal was from a storage building. Police arrested Murray because of outstanding warrants, but he was later released.
Later tips led investigators to the residence of Murray’s niece, Amanda Holsomback, 25, at 1228 Brown Road, where they discovered more piles of metal.
Metal theft Investigator Kendall Brown said police believe the group had been trespassing on the Norfolk Southern Railroad Yard, at International Boulevard and Doug Barnard Parkway, on several occasions to take the 1,123 railroad anchors and 1,350 railroad track spikes.
Longfritz and Holsomback were arrested Aug. 28 and remain in the Richmond County jail. Murray, who could not be found at first, was booked into the jail about 12:30 p.m. Friday. According to the sheriff’s office, he was released on bond about 1 p.m.
All suspects face charges of felony theft by taking.