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Two arrested for stealing railroad spikes ( illegals in North Carolina )
BlueRidgeNow ^ | March 1, 2010

Posted on 04/10/2010 9:45:13 PM PDT by george76

from Norfolk Southern Railroad, according to Henderson County ...The men, both of whom appear to be illegal aliens... ordered to be held on ICE detainers pending deportation proceedings.

Sheriff Rick Davis praised the work of the two deputies who apprehended the suspects while investigating suspicious activities on the tracks...

found the suspects in possession of over 500 spikes that had been taken from a stretch of active rail road track.

“This act of theft could have easily had catastrophic consequences had a train derailed in this area,” Davis said. “A spillage of chemicals or other hazardous materials as a result of a derailment certainly puts our citizens at risk, as well as the emergency services personne

(Excerpt) Read more at blueridgenow.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aliens; chemicals; criminalaliens; ice; illegal; illegalaliens; illegals; railroad; train

1 posted on 04/10/2010 9:45:13 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76
Tie them to the tracks .
2 posted on 04/10/2010 9:47:11 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: george76

Sounds more like sabotage than theft


3 posted on 04/10/2010 9:48:36 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions...$1 Halfbaked...50c)
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To: george76

Why the heck were they stealing railroad spikes? Is there a giant Mexican suicide bomber in the making somewhere?


4 posted on 04/10/2010 9:49:26 PM PDT by Feline_AIDS (http://youngandright.wordpress.com/)
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To: kbennkc

It’s all a misunderstanding and racist to think that this would cause an accident./s


5 posted on 04/10/2010 9:49:36 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: AuntB; DoughtyOne; hiredhand; NFHale; mkjessup; stephenjohnbanker
found the suspects in possession of over 500 spikes that had been taken from a stretch of active rail road track.

WTF??????????

6 posted on 04/10/2010 9:49:49 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: george76

Saboteurs? Derailing chemical cargo could serve as an asymmetric attack, or they could be looking to impact movement of military equipment.
They could also be just plain sh*tbird illegals who should have been shot on the border.
Just sayin’.


7 posted on 04/10/2010 9:50:49 PM PDT by MadJack ("Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." (Afghan proverb))
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To: mylife

“Sounds more like sabotage than theft”
BOTH, actually.


8 posted on 04/10/2010 9:51:29 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: Feline_AIDS

Recycling money.

Stupid though, since they would be questioned by any legit recycler.


9 posted on 04/10/2010 9:51:33 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: rabscuttle385

Odd that they would keep them.

It’s their best defense against the charge of sabotage.
Whats the price of steel at the moment?


10 posted on 04/10/2010 9:52:37 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions...$1 Halfbaked...50c)
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To: rabscuttle385

Yeah, WTF........they need amnesty, don’t they?


11 posted on 04/10/2010 9:52:48 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

True enough.


12 posted on 04/10/2010 9:53:02 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions...$1 Halfbaked...50c)
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To: ltc8k6

I can think of a million sources of scrap iron without having to destroy property or endanger people.


13 posted on 04/10/2010 9:54:47 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions...$1 Halfbaked...50c)
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To: kbennkc

Agreed. The punishment should “fit” the crime.


14 posted on 04/10/2010 9:55:09 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: george76

“Now remember, if you’re caught, just say something about collecting them for their metal value...”

- Mohammed the handler


15 posted on 04/10/2010 9:55:41 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: ltc8k6
Stupid though, since they would be questioned by any legit recycler.

The key word is "legit"

16 posted on 04/10/2010 9:55:54 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: george76
found the suspects in possession of over 500 spikes that had been taken from a stretch of active rail road track.

Somebody ran out of roofing nails....

17 posted on 04/10/2010 9:56:38 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: mylife

You probably aren’t shiftless...


18 posted on 04/10/2010 9:57:03 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: george76

Family values don’t stop at the border.


19 posted on 04/10/2010 9:57:25 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: george76

Why steal railroad spikes? They can only ever be used as railroad spikes, since steel doesn’t melt. /Rosie


20 posted on 04/10/2010 9:58:30 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: ltc8k6

You mean I’m not a criminal.


21 posted on 04/10/2010 9:58:54 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions...$1 Halfbaked...50c)
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To: george76

Is scrap iron worth that much now?


22 posted on 04/10/2010 10:00:38 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

15 cents a pound or thereabouts.


23 posted on 04/10/2010 10:05:22 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: george76

Pulling spikes out of ties, to sell for scrap? Gosh, that must sure beat working for a living! /sarc>

Let’s see...500/2 = 250 spikes-—check!

5.6’ tall by 1.3333’ wide = ~7.5 square feet * 144 * 2 =~ 2150 sq inches of body surface area-—check!

A spike = ~1 sq inch cross section-—check!

Drive 1 spike/10 square inches of body surface-—CHECKMATE!


24 posted on 04/10/2010 10:06:43 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (If Liberalism doesn't kill me, I'll live 'till I die!)
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To: ApplegateRanch

We are becoming a Thurd World Country,,where we have people stealing copper wire, copper pipes, aluminun wire and now railroad spikes for the price of scrap. Next thing you know they will steal man hole covers from Pennsylvania Ave just before the Obamamobile drives by. \BTW..in Thurd World countries they make the man whole covers out of concrete to avoid theft. Just a hint for the financially strapped cities.


25 posted on 04/10/2010 10:15:36 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: george76
Where I grew up gathering spikes was how the poor families made cash. There was always enough loose ones on the tracks to make gas money. Of the railway folks didn't quite see the necessity of it.
26 posted on 04/10/2010 10:26:05 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Oldexpat

I used to pick them up along the tracks, where they were thrown by the crews replacing them. They made good weights for ocean fishing off the rocks. Never would have crossed my mind to pull them out of ties, though; besides, I saw how hard it was for the workers that had to do it, using a 6’ pry bar.

Used spark plugs worked good, too, as weights. The great thing about them was that if they hung up, a steady pull would bend the ELL shaped electrode away from the center one, releasing it from the line. All that was lost was a free spark plug.


27 posted on 04/10/2010 10:48:20 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (If Liberalism doesn't kill me, I'll live 'till I die!)
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To: george76
...found the suspects in possession of over 500 spikes that had been taken from a stretch of active rail road track.

Attempted derailment, attempted murder. Depending on the train cargo, passengers, prevailing wind and nearby populations, potentially attempted mass murder.

And what religion are these fine fellows?

28 posted on 04/10/2010 11:04:14 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: george76

This is just another small price to pay for cheap labor.


29 posted on 04/10/2010 11:10:33 PM PDT by Colorado Buckeye (It's the culture stupid!)
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To: george76

Sounds like it would require an awful lot of effort to pull the spikes out.


30 posted on 04/10/2010 11:34:27 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: george76

You folks should read up on “train wrecking” - deraila train, loot the cargo.

Az just busted two Mexican (as in from Mexico, here illegally) for cutting the air lines on trains, so they could steal appliances.

The 3rd world isn’t coming, it’s here now.


31 posted on 04/10/2010 11:36:47 PM PDT by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: george76

Nearby neighbor Lindsey Graham will reward them with amnesty if allowed.

They’re only nearly derailing the trains Americans refuse to do. /hoping sarc tag wasn’t necessary but just in case


32 posted on 04/11/2010 12:10:08 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

>>”Sounds like it would require an awful lot of effort to pull the spikes out.”

Yes, a special tool, and much labor. The track where I used to live typically had freight trains rolling through every half hour or so. They would almost certainly be seen by a train crew. They would also be facing a Felony Murder charge if a derailment cost someone his life; at the very least, Depraved Indifference. They could have made more money, and with little risk, picking up aluminum cans.

Therefore, I think one of two things (nay, three things) is most likely true:

1. They were ACTUALLY merely picking up used castoffs, and the story is wrong.

2. Their full intent was sabotage, and keeping the spikes was a bonus.
3, Being criminaliens, they assumed they would not be held to account.

DG


33 posted on 04/11/2010 1:41:56 AM PDT by DoorGunner ("Rom 11: until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so, all Israel will be saved")
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To: Feline_AIDS
Why the heck were they stealing railroad spikes? Is there a giant Mexican suicide bomber in the making somewhere

Lots of vampires in Mexico??

34 posted on 04/11/2010 3:57:55 AM PDT by bikerman (Impeachment ! Has a nice ring to it dont you think?)
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To: rabscuttle385

There was a report a few weeks ago about the same thing. I don’t know if this is the same incident. My cousin who worked for the RR for 40 years says this could be catastrophic.

TERRORISM.


35 posted on 04/11/2010 8:03:48 AM PDT by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: count-your-change

Depression era people have told me about wandering the tracks and picking up loose coal to help heat their homes.


36 posted on 04/11/2010 11:04:25 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: ltc8k6
Recycling money. Stupid though, since they would be questioned by any legit recycler.

Not if the recycler is in Mexico.

37 posted on 04/11/2010 11:48:42 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
My folks didn’t wait for the coal to fall off the cars it seems. Whoever was fast and agile would cuss the trainmen and get chunks of coal tossed at them for their trouble.

Given the family history I think a few of the coal chunks found their mark and did some damage.

38 posted on 04/11/2010 11:48:42 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: george76

Picking the spikes Americans refuse to pick.


39 posted on 04/11/2010 11:49:56 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Oldexpat

A local family had the aluminum siding stolen from their house while they we on vacation.Theives stole a bunch of catalytic converters from cars on a dealer’s lot here too...


40 posted on 04/11/2010 11:51:34 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop thinking about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


41 posted on 04/11/2010 7:19:12 PM PDT by HiJinx (Angels are found where you least expect them; let them comfort you.)
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To: george76

But - but.... they ONLY

“appear to be illegal aliens, gave no address of residence,”


42 posted on 04/12/2010 1:04:09 PM PDT by traumer
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To: UCANSEE2

Secure all your COPPER PIPES !!


43 posted on 04/12/2010 1:05:37 PM PDT by traumer
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