Hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage done to old railroad cars
Several thousand dollars of damage was done to old railroad cars in Wexford County.
The Wexford County Sheriff says they were alerted to the damage after a Great Lakes Central Railroad employee arrived to inspect the cars. The vandalism took place some time in this past winter.
Seventeen passenger cars were being stored at the tracks adjacent to N. Mitchell St. near 13th St. and deputies say they have been sitting there for at least a few years.
The train was a Chicago commuter train. Built in the 50s, officials say each car was now worth a million dollars.
Authorities do not know how many people got into the railroad cars, but the suspects broke the latch off of one of the outside doors. They then smashed every light, and ripped and burned multiple seats.
The damage is estimated to cost several hundred thousand dollars. Great Lakes Central Railroad has not announced if they will have the cars repaired.
"It could be a variety of people involved here," said Deputy Eric Garland of the Wexford County Sheriff's Office. "It could be young kids that may have been bored and needed something to do - unfortunately this may have been the result of their boredom. It could've been somebody with malicious intent to harm the railroad itself. We just don't know."
Deputies do not have any suspects at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wexford County Sheriff's Office at 231-779-9211.