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Goldsboro man accused of stealing 20K pounds of steel from railroad

Posted October 28, 2013

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— Wayne County sheriff's deputies who stopped to help a man whose car ran out of gas last Thursday ended up detaining him instead after finding a large amount of steel in the back of his vehicle, Goldsboro police said Monday.

Brandon D. Randolph, 29, of 319 Myers Ave., was in the 300 block of Westbrook Road when deputies stopped to help him and saw steel in the back of his car and on the ground behind his car, police said.

Goldsboro police began investigating and found that Randolph had stolen 20 railroad angle bars, eight railroad pie plates and a bag of railroad clips from the area of North James Street and Center Street, all the property of Norfolk Southern Railroad, police said.

Randolph was arrested and charged with felonious larceny. He was taken to the Wayne County Magistrate's Office and held under a $5,000 secured bond.

On Friday, one day after his arrest, Goldsboro and Norfolk Southern Railroad police determined that Randolph had stolen 20,640 pounds of steel from the railway during the past month, according to a police news release.

He received the following additional charges:

  • 16 counts of misdemeanor first-degree trespass
  • 15 counts of misdemeanor larceny
  • 15 counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods
  • 15 counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense

Randolph was taken before a magistrate and received a $225,000 secured bond for the additional charges. He was scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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  • illegalsgohomerevised Oct 29, 2013

    Until they start charging the "buyers" of this it will never stop. They know a person coming in with 40 bronze cemetary vases did not own all of them, nor do persons with the steel from railroads and such. However, the scrap metal places make good money knowing much of what they get are stolen and they buy it for next to nothing. However, all these crack heads out here will tear up your $3500 heating/AC unit for an 18 inch piece of copper that will cost you $100 to $200 repair cost at a minimum and more if they do much damage getting it off your unit. Some repair bills are $500+. They should only accept items from contractors and lots of this would stop as the contractors are usually the ones tearing down structures and disposing of pipes and such.

  • golorealist Oct 28, 2013

    "Steal steel?" - ITANIMULLI.COM

    better yet...

    still steal steel?

  • wayneboyd Oct 28, 2013

    From the headlines I've read on here the past week, he probably learned how to do this from his educators.

  • Obamacare is here Oct 28, 2013

    He must be in heaven. He can wrap his knuckles around steel bars all day long now.

  • dmthoma2 Oct 28, 2013

    16 counts of misdemeanor first-degree trespass
    15 counts of misdemeanor larceny
    15 counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods
    15 counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense

    A quick Google reveals that to be worth about ~ 1800$. That is only 120$ per felony.

  • oleguy Oct 28, 2013

    What about the Guy he sold it too... These scrap dealers Know better than take RR materials,, Bust the scrap dealers and you will stop the metal thieves,, We have some metal stolen, called all the local dealers, They all said nope we dont take that, The second yard we visited we found the material,,So you turn them in and what happens,, Nothing

  • sunshine1040 Oct 28, 2013

    Article I read said it took him over a month to steel that amount, His motto was steel when you want it A few of us taxpayers will pay for his lawyers and this 3 hots and a cot for a short period of time

  • Brian Jenkins Oct 28, 2013

    Steal steel?

  • Inside The Beltline Oct 28, 2013

    I wonder what kind of car he was using to carry that much steel.

  • Obamacare is here Oct 28, 2013

    Steelers fan perhaps?

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