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The Central Coast's 'Great Train Robbery' is solved

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office Photo
Some of the steam engine parts recovered after they were stolen from a Central Coast ranch

Rare copper parts stolen from steam engine, but recovered by San Luis Obispo County's Sheriff's detectives

The Central Coast was the scene of what you might call “The Great Train Robbery,” but unlike the famous 1963 crime in Great Britain, this one was solved quickly.

Someone stole thousands of dollars in items from a Santa Margarita ranch. The ranch is home to a private train line, with rare steam engines and train cars, including some once owned by Walt Disney.

More than $10,000 dollars in solid bronze parts were stolen from a steam engine. Another $20,000 worth of items were stolen from the ranch, including generators and a drone.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives say evidence led them to a home outside of Paso Robles. They served a search warrant, and found evidence leading to the arrest of Jacob Scott Johnson on grand theft, and receiving stolen property charges. Most of the train parts were recovered at a Santa Maria recycling center.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.