PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) -- A man was arrested after stealing spikes from a railroad in Plainfield.
"It's very dangerous," said Sandy Dailey. "It's a very dangerous thing."
Dailey couldn't believe what she saw across the street from her Depot Road home. She says 31-year-old Jeremy Forcier was taking spikes from the railroad tracks.
"He would be over here kicking them and trying to wiggle them," Dailey said, "and anything that he could maneuver out he'd be pulling out, taking out."
She confronted him and was even more surprised by what he had to say.
"He admitted. I asked him, I said you know 'what's gonna happen if you start pulling out all these pins out here?' He says the train will derail, and I said well I live around here and I have my grandchildren that come over," Dailey said.
Philip Briere says the cargo trains which ride the rails carry ethanol.
"Scared, I mean we live within striking distance," Briere said.
In court News 8 learned Forcier claims he was just taking the spare spikes, not the ones holding the tracks in place. He told his sister it was a misunderstanding.
Dailey says after Forcier left her neighborhood she had a feeling he would go over to All Hallows Road and the railroad crossing there. Sure enough she says she saw him doing the same thing along those tracks. That's when she called police.
"When people are desperate for money they'll do all kinds of things," Briere said, "but put you in danger possibly. Of course they don't care."
Neighbors say railroad workers were also called in to make sure the tracks were safe.
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