• Men posing as railroad workers caught in act of metal theft

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    An alert citizen who spotted something suspicious along Tacoma’s waterfront Wednesday night helped police nab two men suspected of trying to steal nearly $100,000 in metal.

     

    Tacoma police said the men, who were wearing hard hats and orange vests, we spotted loading items into a large truck and trailer near a railroad yard at north 31st and Carr.

     

    Police said the activity appeared suspicious because the men were working between 8-9 p.m. when the yard is usually closed. 

     

    Police were called and officers arrived to find the two loading large amounts of metal.

     

     Officers held the men at the scene until a railroad yardmaster arrived and told them the men were not railroad employees.

     

     Both were taken into custody on charges of first-degree theft.

     

    The metal that was loaded onto the men’s trailer is valued from $75,000-$100,000.

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