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Police look to identify suspects putting debris on train tracks

Posted at 5:40 PM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 19:09:23-04

The trespassing signs are posted but BNSF says some aren't listening and now they want to find out who's leaving debris on railroad tracks in Bellevue.

Authorities say during the nights of May 14 and May 23 officers were called to the tracks along the Missouri River in Bellevue to remove debris off the railroad tracks on Front Street as well as near College Heights Park off Kountze Memorial Drive.

BNSF says they are working with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force along with local police agencies to solve these crimes.  They say placing items on the railroad tracks is a serious crime and jeopardizes the safety of the crew, general public, and those committing the offense.

Lore Perl lives in the area and says she's seen things happen along the tracks as well.

"It concerns me if a train goes off tracks down there and depending on the load they carry it could be dangerous to my house so that is what would concern me," Perl explained.

Authorities wouldn't say exactly what type of debris they're finding but that officers are keeping an eye out in the area.

"One of the incidents a train did receive minor damage.  There have been multiple similar incidents throughout the Omaha metropolitan area," said Bellevue PD Sgt. Andy Jashinske.

At least one Amtrak train a day uses those lines too.

If you have any information on who is involved in putting items on the tracks contact BNSF at 800-832-5452.  You may be eligible for up to a $2,500 reward.