A train club in Trumbull County is trying to move forward after thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of inventory from the club’s property.
Members of the Riverside Railroad Club discovered sheds from behind SCOPE of Trumbull County were broken into over the weekend.
According to a police report, thieves cut the locks on the sheds and took tools, lawn equipment and expensive pieces of a model train collection.
“We discovered that almost all of our engines were gone, and a brand new, expensive transformer,” said Trustee Mike Zador, of the SCOPE Riverside Railroad Club.
Club members said the missing items would cost $3,000 to $4,000 to replace.
They’ve been collecting pieces and parts on a limited budget since the club formed in 2002.
“We do have our dues, and we have a couple of open houses every year, and basically that’s our funding,” said Zador.
The thieves didn’t take any pieces of the track or parts of the display, but some were damaged. Club members said some of the model train engines and cars were seen around the Valley as early as Sunday.
“On Sunday, a couple of items have appeared at one of the flea markets, I’m not going to mention which one,” said Zador.
The club hopes to be able to move on with plans for the future, starting by hosting an open house in August.
In the meantime, they hope whoever took the items would return what they stole.
“Bring them back, I don’t know what the club would want to do, whether they want to prosecute them or what,” said Benjamin Davis of the SCOPE Riverside Railroad Club.
The club plans to engrave its name on all engines and trains, and take inventory of every item in the future.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of the trains, please contact the Warren Police Department.