Ex-WMSR Employee Charged With Theft

Charges have been filed against a former Western Maryland Scenic Railroad employee in connection with the theft of brass and bronze railroad equipment parts.

Scottie A. Nixon, 30, of Cumberland, Maryland, has been charged with the theft of parts worth $14,662. The crimes occurred between August 2017 and Feb. 5.

A police investigation  concluded that Nixon is alleged to have “stripped a steam locomotive of the valuable metals . . .”

Court records show that $1,314.40 worth of brass has been returned to the railroad.

Authorities were alerted by an employee of a Cumberland scrap dealer of a number of “suspicious” transactions over several months and identified Nixon as the seller.

The scrap dealer turned over to police receipts for 61 transactions totaling $14,662.

Nixon has been released on his own recognizance and faces an April 3 trial. If convicted he may receive up to 15 years in prison be fined $15,000.

Court records show that Nixon has an arrest record dating to 1999 and was convicted of second-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property in September 2009.

The WMSR is in the process of restoring former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive 1309, although lack of funding halted the restoration work last November.

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