Police: Woman tried to steal train for joy ride in California

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Feb. 24, 2016 at 11:49 AM

VICTORVILLE, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Authorities in California said a woman accused of trying to take a parked train on a joyride was arrested after sounding the locomotive's horn.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said deputies were dispatched to the Victor Valley Transportation Center in Victorville after 2 a.m. Sunday on a report of a train's horn sounding for more than 10 minutes.

Investigators said Shawna Marone, 45, refused to exit the cab of the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe train, which was running when deputies arrived.

A deputy entered the cab and arrested Marone, who allegedly told investigators she had intended to take the train for a joy ride.

A BNSF representative said Marone would not have been able to move the train past the yard due to safety equipment.

Marone was booked into the High Desert Detention Center on suspicion of illegally moving a locomotive with possible injury or death. She was issued a citation and released later in the day Sunday.

The sheriff's department said deputies were still investigating whether Marone moved the train before they arrived.

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