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

Posted October 28, 2013 10:33 a.m. EDT

— 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.