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Local family credits news broadcast for locating stolen trailer, train

Posted: 9:23 PM, Mar 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-06 15:26:09Z
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A Las Vegas family is asking for help in locating a stolen trailer with a miniature train inside
A Las Vegas family is asking for help in locating a stolen trailer with a miniature train inside
A Las Vegas family is asking for help in locating a stolen trailer with a miniature train inside
A Las Vegas family is asking for help in locating a stolen trailer with a miniature train inside
A Las Vegas family is asking for help in locating a stolen trailer with a miniature train inside
A Las Vegas family is asking for help in locating a stolen trailer with a miniature train inside

UPDATE 11:30 P.M: The Schelin family told 13 Action News that moments after the 11 p.m. story aired, a tip came in which led to the recovery of the trailer and the train.

The family-owned train and trailer appeared to be in good shape and police were also responding, according to the contact.

ORIGINAL STORY
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A Las Vegas family is asking for the public's assistance in locating their stolen trailer and more importantly a hand-crafted train that was inside.

"It's important to the livelihood and the bottom line, but we do what we do because we love what we do," said Daryl Schelin, co-owner of Jupiter Express Railroad.

Schelin owns three trains, one of which operates at The Boulevard Mall. The others are rented out for special events, festivals and charity functions.

On Monday, a trailer with one of the trains packed inside was stolen from in front of Schelin's son's home near Flamingo and Pecos Roads.

"It's hard to comprehend that somebody would do that," said Schelin.

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Surveillance video shows two vehicles approached the trailer around 3:30 p.m.

Police confirmed the incident report, and the video shows a white Chevrolet Z71 Silverado pickup truck connect to the trailer and leave within 60 seconds.

Daryl's adult son and co-owner of Jupiter Express Railroad, Curt Schelin, said a neighbor's surveillance camera also captured a white mid-2000s Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon Denali that appeared to be assisting in the theft.

"The trailer is one thing, but the train, I don't know what the plan with that is, unless they're planning to start a train business all of a sudden," said Curt Schelin.

The camera video provides some clues to help police, but Curt Schelin said the hardship the theft will cause is what hurts the most.

"That's the hardest part for me, the whole business was set up for my dad to support him and my mom and it was just ripped away," said Curt Schelin.

For now, the family is offering a reward for information that helps police track down the white trailer and the train.

Call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with information about sightings or known whereabouts of the trailer at 702-828-3111 and reference event number 190300020905.