ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — An Upper Marlboro man has pleaded guilty in an elaborate scheme to steal $222,000 worth of railroad track.
The Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a news release that 50-year-old Randy Penkert pleaded guilty on Tuesday to theft over $100,000 in Howard County Circuit Court.
Prosecutors say in October 2015, CSX railroad police were investigating an industrial park in Columbia. Authorities say several hundred feet of rail, tie plates, bolts and spikes were missing. Prosecutors say Penkert was one of the workers at the scene.