Cumberland Times-News

August 23, 2013

Potomac Eagle property burglarized for second time in two weeks

MARLA PISCIOTTA
Cumberland Times-News

— VANDERLIP, W.Va. — The storage and work yard for the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad was burglarized last week for the second time in two weeks.

“Someone cut the lock off a storage container last Friday night and took $6,000 worth of wire,” said Rodney Matheny, operations manager.

Matheny said the wire was removed from two spools and the spools remained on the site.

Sgt. Norman Launi II of the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

Two weeks ago $67,500 in train parts were recovered that had been stolen from the same yard.

A lock also was cut off a storage container in that incident.

Following an investigation, the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office recovered 90 train springs weighing 100 pounds each that had been stolen.

The sheriff’s office arrested Philip Henry David Spicer, 26, of Romney, on charges stemming from the alleged theft.

According to Senior Deputy Chris Carroll, Spicer had gutted his car including the trunk to be able to transport the springs.

Spicer appeared before Magistrate Ron Diciola and was released on $2,500 bond. Spicer waived his right to a felony preliminary hearing Aug. 8.

The case will be heard in Hampshire County Circuit Court and was expected to be presented to the grand jury for indictment Sept. 4.