Expensive ‘Novelty’ Item Stolen in Solon

Posted on: 5:54 pm, February 21, 2013, by

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SOLON, Ohio – Police say it’s perhaps the most bizarre theft to hit town as of late.

An air horn was stolen from a train near tracks on Carter Street in Solon.

“We’re lucky if this is the worst that happens in Solon, I guess, but it is a little unusual,” said Solon Police Lt. Bruce Felton.

According to the police report, the incident happened sometime between 1 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday.

A person had climbed on the train and removed the bugle-shaped horn, which was bolted on top. The train was stopped and is owned by Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company.

The horn is valued at $3,000.

”We’re not really aware of any great value that the horn would be to anybody,” Felton said. “The only thing we can think of is kind of a novelty thing, where they’re going to put it on their car or something. I don’t know. It’s not something you can go and sell somewhere or get cash for, so it’s a little bit unusual.”

Footprints were found near the train, but Felton said the department has no suspects.

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company reported a similar theft in Glenwillow in July 2012.