Stolen Locomotive Taken On Joyride, 2 $30,000 Switches Damaged In Florida
By Zuri Anderson
March 31, 2021
Authorities in Florida are now looking for the people responsible for breaking into a locomotive and taking it on a joyride recently in Newberry, according to CBS 4.
The Florida Central Railroad reported the break-in was Monday (March 29), according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. Authorities believe the incident happened between Wednesday (March 24) and Sunday (March 28).
Officials claim the 1959 EMD GP 18 was locked, but the thieves may have gained access to the locomotive through a window. Two switches were also damaged when the machine was put in motion, deputies added. They're valued at $30,000, they added.
Some children were also busted taken vehicles on their own joyrides. An eight-year-old drove their mother's car on a highway and even hit 86 mph. A four-year-old wanting candy took their great-grandfather's SUV on a joyride. An 11-year-old allegedly led police on a chase while driving a stolen school bus.
Photo: Alachua County Sheriff's Office