Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 29, 2013

Indy man faces federal charges in rail track theft


The Associated Press

Indianapolis — An Indianapolis man is facing federal charges alleging that he tore up and hauled away more than 184 tons of railroad track.

Sixty-four-year-old Donald Haas has been charged with violence against rail carriers and mass transportation systems. He's scheduled to stand trial May 13.

Federal prosecutors allege that Haas is accused of using a front loader to remove about 2 miles of steel rail that rail experts estimate was worth about $60,000.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police officers say the theft took place over a period of months last year.

WISH-TV reports Haas told officers he had CSX's permission to remove the rail and showed them a letter of permission printed on CSX letterhead.

Police say the document was a fake. CSX declined to comment on the pending case.