Train carrying army equipment vandalized


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AZTOY
February 17, 2003, 07:43 PM
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Military Vehicles Vandalized In Jacksonville
The United State's Army and FBI are trying to figure out who stole a bunch of supplies and equipment from a number of military vehicles bound for Blount Island.

The cargo trucks, transport trucks, and hummer's were strapped to flatbed rail cars. While stopped at the Moncrief Rail Yard someone hopped on the cars and grabbed the goods.

The train stopped a couple miles up the tracks in Oceanway after the train's crew realized what had happened.

The vehicles belong to the 101st Airborne Division who's gearing up for deployment in Jacksonville. Over the past two weeks they've been preparing helicoptors to be shipped out. The vehicles make up the support and artillery divisions for the 101st.

Neither the Army or FBI has commented on any suspects or motive. CSX is also lending a hand in the investigation. They have rail police on hand 24 hours a day, but it's not clear if they were near the rail cars when the vehicles were vandalized.

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Train carrying army equipment vandalized


By Veronica Chapin
Times-Union staff writer

Officials are continuing to investigate a report of vandalism early this morning of a CSX train carrying Army equipment from the 101st Airborne.

The FBI was called to the scene at Main Street and Eastport Road about 4 a.m. Several items had been thrown on the track and equipment had been vandalized, said FBI spokesman Jeff Westcott.

Westcott said it appears that it was a crime of opportunity and his agency was only called as a precautionary measure.

"In any situation like this our concern would be possible terrorism, however, that is not the case here," Westcott said.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the Defense Department, CSX police, and the Army also are investigating.

The amount of damage was not immediately available.

http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/021703/met_train.shtml

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Cactus
February 17, 2003, 07:56 PM
The anti-American organization Not In Our Name has advocated disrupting our upcoming military efforts in Iraq. Could they possibly have been involved?

If caught, I would hope that these scum would be tryed for treason, but I doubt that they will. This definately falls under the definition of giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Blackhawk
February 17, 2003, 08:08 PM
Somebody's really, really stupid in Florida.

Wait, we already knew that from November, 2000....

Dannyboy
February 17, 2003, 09:33 PM
I'm not sure about the theft but vandalising rail loaded Army equipment is definitely nothing new.

blades67
February 17, 2003, 09:59 PM
It was probably the 82nd Airborne, they're always talking smack about the 101st.:neener:

Baba Louie
February 17, 2003, 10:06 PM
A long time ago, as a very young and stupid teenage burro, the group of boys I ran with discovered that the boxcars which often parked near the old high school at night only had these little aluminum strips holding the doors shut.

Welllll, a couple of em got braver than they were smart and decided to see what was what inside a couple of those cars. No little aluminum strip was gonna stop them. A couple of them even helped themselves to a couple of items (not the Baba).

They got to doing it on a kinda regular basis.

One late night/early morning, whilst doing their thing, they heard the words (over a bullhorn) STOP! FBI! Searchlights came on from all over. 15 year old boys were running like crazy.

Little aluminum seals are Federal.

Oops.

The two who gave themselves up (and were really the ringleaders and the only ones with contraband found in their bedrooms) got in soooooo muuuuch trouble.

It wasn't the electronic stuff, It was leaving a couple of hatches open on grain cars, which got wet on their way from Independence MO up to Chicago and ended up costing a whole lot of money in ruined grain. Crossing state line. Oops

But you'd think that Uncle Sam would have guards with loaded rifles on their supply trains, now wouldn't ya?

Nah. Probably still trusting those little aluminum strips.

Adios

geegee
February 17, 2003, 10:40 PM
Baba Louie: But you'd think that Uncle Sam would have guards with loaded rifles on their supply trains, now wouldn't ya?
At the very least you'd think the TSA could send some of their new airport security agents. :rolleyes: geegee

TheLastBoyScout
February 18, 2003, 12:12 AM
...with loaded rifles
I think Hackworth did a column on how the armed military guards you see almost always have orders AGAINST having live rounds in the mag

Poodleshooter
February 18, 2003, 04:34 PM
Apparently none of these people watched "The Wild Bunch"?

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