Nashville, TN – Three women were arrested on Saturday afternoon for stealing boxes of athletic shoes from a train that was parked at a railroad crossing in North Nashville. The suspects were identified as Nicquelette Buford, 26, Nakaria Anthony, 20, and Lametria Scales, 19.
According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, the incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. at the railroad crossing at 17th Avenue North and Jo Johnson Avenue. The police received reports of a train robbery and dispatched officers to the scene.
The officers found three CSX train cars that had been broken into by the suspects, who used a railroad spike to pry open the seal on the containers. The suspects took out boxes of shoes that were valued at approximately $23,000. The shoes were mostly sneakers from brands such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok, and Puma.
When the officers approached the suspects, they dropped the boxes and ran into a nearby wooded area, where they escaped through an opening in the fence. The officers followed them and found them getting into two vehicles that were parked parallel to the train tracks. The vehicles contained more stolen boxes from the train cars.
The officers arrested Buford, Anthony, and Scales and charged them with multiple counts of felony burglary, theft, vandalism, and trespassing. Buford was also charged with evading arrest after she tried to drive away when the officers approached her vehicle. She told them that she was “just parking” and denied any involvement in the theft. Buford remains in custody on a $62,000 bond. Anthony and Scales were released on their own recognizance.
The police recovered a railroad spike that was used to break the seal on the containers. They also recovered several boxes of shoes that were left behind by the suspects. The police said that the train was forced to stay parked during the investigation, which lasted about four hours.
The CSX Corporation, which owns and operates the train, said that they are cooperating with the authorities and conducting their own investigation into the incident. They said that they have security measures in place to prevent such incidents from happening, but they did not disclose what those measures are.
The incident has sparked some reactions from the public on social media. Some people expressed their shock and disbelief at the audacity of the suspects, while others joked about their choice of loot and their getaway vehicles. Some people also questioned the security of the train and wondered how easy it was for the suspects to break into the containers.
In conclusion, three women were accused of stealing shoes from a train in Nashville on Saturday. They were arrested by the police and charged with multiple felonies. They allegedly used a railroad spike to break into three train cars and took boxes of sneakers worth $23,000. The incident caused a delay for the train and raised some concerns about its security.