Jim Thorpe train station booth entered; cash, radios taken
Jim Thorpe police are investigating a burglary at the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway ticket booth, located at 2 Lehigh Ave., Jim Thorpe, adjacent to the Old Mauch Chunk train station.
Police said the entry occurred sometime between the evening of Thursday, Nov. 28, and early Friday, Nov. 29, before the trains opened for operation that morning.
A soda can was thrown through a window at the booth to gain entry.
Police said that while inside, the person took a large sum of money; as well as four hand-held radios. The criminals also caused substantial damage inside the booth, police added.
When contacted for comment, railroad officials stated that they could not comment on the matter because of the ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police at 570-325-4995.
In addition to the burglary last week, the company also experienced mechanical problems on Saturday with the heating mechanism malfunctioning on the train coaches.
According to a full-page ad in tonight's TIMES NEWS, there was no heat on the rides. To make amends, Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway is offering customers who rode Nov. 30 to bring their ticket stubs from the ride to the ticket booth or mail in the stubs.
Those who do will be issued a new ticket, good for any regularly scheduled trip on the train in the future.
Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway is the sister company of Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad, and is owned by Andrew M. Muller Jr.
It operates passenger train rides through Lehigh Gorge State Park from Memorial Day weekend through the weekend before Christmas.
Currently, the company is offering 70-minute Santa Claus train rides each weekend until Dec. 22. Trains depart the train station at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., and winds through the gorge as Santa greets each child passenger.