Cass Scenic employees charged in scrap metal theft

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Officials have charged 11 current and former Cass Scenic Railroad employees with the theft of more than $30,000 in scrap metal from the state-owned operation, according to the Charleston Daily Mail. A grand jury indicted the 11 this week on felony conspiracy charges, but some also face multiple counts of grand theft.

The metal was sold to two scrap yards, one of which was suspicious of the sale, even though the items came with a letter from the railroad's superintendent. The owner of Elkins Metal thought it was odd to receive railroad scrap when his business doesn't normally deal in it.

Some of the accused claim they had permission to sell the material. West Virginia State Police Cpl. Mark Agee told the newspaper, "What items were taken from there belonged to Cass Railroad, so any profit that came from that should have come back to Cass Railroad State Park and not pocketed for personal gain."
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