Mug shot of Bobby James Murray (Credit: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
Mug shot of Karen Longfritz (Credit: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
Mug shot of Amanda Holsombrook (Credit: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
Augusta, GA -
Wednesday, Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested two of three people subjects wanted in connection with an ongoing theft of railroad metal.
The joint investigation involving Richmond County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) investigators and Norfolk Southern Railroad Police began after RCSO deputies stopped Bobby James Murray and Karen Longfritz in a white Ford Explorer on Wednesday, July 31st. Investigators say, the destination of this stolen metal was area scrap yards.
Investigators found that Murray and Longfritz were in possession of 1,060 separate pieces of railroad Track "anchors".
Investigators later responded to 1228 Brown Road, where 1,350 railroad track "spikes" and 63 railroad "anchors" were found in the yard of a home on the 1200 block of Brown Road. Amanda Holsomback, who is the niece of Murray and lives at the home, was found to be in possession of this railroad property.
The investigation revealed that the group was trespassing on the Norfolk Southern Railroad Yard located at International Boulevard and Doug Bernard Parkway, in Augusta, on several different days taking the railroad property without the permission of Norfolk Southern.
Longfritz and Holsomback have been booked into the Richmond County Jail on separate counts of Felony Theft by Taking. Murray is wanted on a single count of Felony Theft by Taking and his whereabouts are unknown. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Murray contact is asked to contact Investigator Kendall Brown at 706-821-1020.
As a reminder, Norfolk Southern Railroad Police and CSX Railroad Police advise that possessing or removing railroad material or metal without the permission of the railroad is strictly prohibited and could result in criminal charges.