‘Artifact’ horn stolen from historic NJ locomotive, $2,000 reward for clues to suspect (PHOTOS)

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A horn described as a historical artifact has been stolen from a New Jersey locomotive at a public display, and a $2,000 reward is being offered for clues to the culprit.

The Morristown & Erie Railway horn was stolen while locomotive No. 19 was on public display in Whippany over the July 4 weekend, according to a Facebook post from the Tri-State Railway Historical Society.

The theft is being treated as an act of criminal trespass on an active railroad, as well as criminal theft and vandalism of a locomotive, the company said.

“This is a hugely disappointing ending to an otherwise great public event,” the post read.

The thief allegedly used a ladder to climb onto the bonnet of the locomotive and unlock the distinctive Nathan K3L horn, leaving behind evidence trails which have since been turned over to local authorities.

Meanwhile, a $2,000 reward is offered for returning the horn – or any evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.

“We have reason to believe the thief is a member of the rail fan community, which is why we are offering a reward for any information leading to his return,” the message read.

“Our main goal is to bring this artifact home.”

Scroll down to see additional photos of the horn, which is said to have “several distinctive markings that will be recognizable if/when [it] comes to market.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Richie King at [email protected] Where 973-939-4993.

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