VCSO: Teen train enthusiasts behind theft of train horns

The case of the stolen train horns has been solved.

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office says they have found two teen boys responsible for the theft of train horns from two train engines parked near the 4200 block of Hogue Rd.

The theft was caught on video and the Sheriff's Office released the footage in the hopes that someone might know the suspects.

Several days after the video was released, the Sheriff's Office was contacted directly by persons from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Dakota and Iowa. All identified the same two persons as committing the theft. The two suspects were known to them through social media and train enthusiast blogs.

Sheriff's Office detectives traveled to Marion, IL and spoke with both suspects, ages 16 and 17.

The Sheriff's Office says both confessed to stealing the horns.

Deputies say prior to talking with the suspects, one of the teens was captured on video again, this time as he tried to anonymously return the stolen horns with a note apologizing for the theft.

Both teens are train enthusiasts and restore and repair train horns. Depuites say the pair also admitted to other thefts near St. Louis, MO.

Both will be referred to Juvenile Court in Vanderburgh County.

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