Fast Food Employee Tampered With Train Tracks To Avoid Working A Busy Shift
Two Wendy's employees in Tilden Township Pennsylvania are facing charges after investigators said they tried to make railroad equipment malfunction so that they could have a slow shift at work.
On August 26th, surveillance footage captured a man in a white hat near the Tiden Townships railroad tracks. Investigators identified the 34-year-old man in the surveillance photos as Ryan Boria and said that he installed a shunt designed to short-circuit the crossing gate signal.
Boria's coworker Amy Schaner was also involved in the crime.
“While they were driving through here, she dropped him off,” Tilden Township police officer Frank Cataldi told WFMZ. “He exited the vehicle. He placed a shunt on the track. He got back in the car with her and they proceeded to Wendy’s.”
Police shared images of the surveillance footage on Facebook asking if anyone could identify the person. Coworkers of Boria from Wendy's contacted the police to report him.
Boria and Schaner confessed to police that it was them on the tracks and they were attempting to cause the gates of the train to malfunction.
“During the interview, they told us that their intentions were that if the gates could malfunction and they could somehow block traffic, then that would prevent people from getting to Wendy’s, and they could have a slow night at work,” Police Officer Frank Cataldi said.
The Reading Eagle reported, "The shunt that was placed on the tracks was discovered when a dispatcher noticed an unexpected occupancy light on. When the signal maintainer arrived, he found a wire taped from rail to rail and threaded through a cotter pin, which he recognized as a shunt. The result was that the gate was short-circuited and would not have been activated until the train went over the wire. In this case, a train at normal speed would have already been at the gate before the light and arms were activated."
Officer Cataldi said that the signal malfunction could have caused a collision, potentially involving a freight train, that could have had tragic consequences.
Boria was charged with multiple crimes, including risking a catastrophe and criminal mischief.