Man sells stolen railroad steel for $29

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 6, 2011

A Walton County, Fla., man is accused of stealing a piece of Florala’s railroad history and selling it for only $29.

Florala Police chief Sonny Bedsole said Chris Boles, 25, has been charged with third-degree theft of property after he allegedly stole a car coupling from the L&N Depot.

“It was the piece that connects two railroad cars together,” Bedsole said. “An eyewitness saw him drag the 288-pound piece of steel across the way from the train depot, believe it or not.”

The piece was then taken to a Paxton, Fla., scrap metal dealer who allegedly paid Boles $29 for the item.

Bedsole said the FPD was able to recover and return the item to the depot.

“It’s one of those crazy kind of things,” he said. “Luckily, we were able to recover the piece and get it back to where it belongs.”