NW Indiana authorities break train theft gang

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Indiana have arrested seven people and are pursuing a dozen others in connection with the theft of some $3 million in cars, electronics, pharmaceuticals and other cargo from trains in the Chicago area.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich announced the arrests Monday after an eight-month investigation.

Buncich says the thieves stole items from train cars that were temporarily parked in rail yards in northwestern Indiana and in Bedford Park, Ill., just southwest of Chicago.

CSX Railroad investigator James Haskell says the thieves would sometimes break into cars of trains that were briefly stopped because of railroad signaling delays.

The Post-Tribune and The Times of Munster report those arrested face charges including auto theft, possessing stolen firearms and resisting arrest.

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