Monday, August 12, 2013

Foot Chase Nets Railroad Spikes, Burglary Tools and Heroin

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM

A stretch of the the Washington Idaho railway system needed to be shut down over safety concerns Aug. 11 after law enforcement caught a suspect who had been allegedly stealing railroad spikes near Washington State University.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that enforcers from the Whitman County Sheriff's Office, Pullman Police Department and the WSU Police Department all responded to the scene after receiving a report of a man unearthing spikes from the track. Police said as they chased the suspect, railroad spikes were seen falling from his pockets. In all, officers found 27 spikes that had been removed from the railway. A search of the suspect also uncovered burglary tools, stolen cellphones and an amount of heroin.

43-year-old David Reed of Port Angeles, Wash., was charged with malicious injury to railroad property, malicious mischief, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and possession of a controlled substance.

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