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4 Charged With Stealing Railroad Iron In Md.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says it’s charging four people with stealing more than a ton of railroad iron from a track-maintenance site in Hagerstown.

The agency said Wednesday that three Hagerstown residents and one Smithsburg resident loaded a minivan with nearly 2,500 pounds of material owned by Norfolk Southern Corp. The items included spikes, track plates and a four-foot section of rail.

Detective Timothy Atwell says they were apprehended near a scrap yard in Waynesboro, Pa., where they planned to sell the material, valued at about $300.

Atwell says the subjects also face charges in Pennsylvania, including possession of stolen property.

The defendants are 25-year-old Travis Palmer, 43-year-old Celestine Lee and 47-year-old Patricia Green, all of Hagerstown, and 49-year-old Lori Palmer of Smithsburg.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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