OGDEN — Dogged detective work helped police track down more than $60,000 in model train parts stolen from an Oregon man.
Norman Keller reported Friday to Ogden police that his trailer containing model train parts was stolen from Motel 6 at 1455 Washington Blvd., the police department reported on Facebook.
Keller travels across the country visiting model train shows selling parts and accessories. The theft of the trailer and its contents represented Keller’s entire inventory and could have shut down his business just before the start of the Christmas shopping season, said the Facebook post.
Ogden detectives set up surveillance at the homes of suspects, hoping for a break in the case. Detectives solved the case this week when they spotted some of the stolen property at one of the homes.
A search warrant was served at the home in Ogden, and the majority of the stolen train parts were found in an attic.
Keller’s trailer was found at home in North Ogden. A suspect was caught spray-painting the trailer black and removing the vehicle identification plate, said the post, which doesn’t explain if an arrest was made.
The main suspect in the investigation wasn’t home, and detectives are still tracking him down.
The trailer and train parts have been returned to Keller, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.