A weekend trip to Savannah for six modern-day hoboes derailed Saturday when they were arrested in Grovetown riding aboard a freight train.
William Robert Jackson, 26, of Graham, Wash.; Dennis James Kist, 24, of Okeana, Ohio; Jayson Arthur Willard, 23, of Williamston, Mich.; Megan Rose Tuck, 23, of Fort Worth, Texas; Jo Ann Heilberg, 23, of Florida; and Heather Bermudez, 23, of New Hampshire, were charged with hiding on a train for the purpose of stealing a ride.
All were being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday on an $1,100 bond each, according to jail records.
All six are listed as homeless in an incident report from the Grovetown Police Department.
The six had hopped a CSX train in Atlanta with the intention of traveling to Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, according to the report, and were discovered aboard by a CSX police officer shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday when the train stopped in Grovetown near the 300 block of Railroad Avenue.
The six were turned over to Grovetown police, and four dogs traveling with them were turned over to Columbia County Animal Services.
All four large-breed dogs appeared to be “well-taken care of,” said Animal Services Linda Glasscock, including having up-to-date rabies vaccinations. The travelers were carrying ample amounts of dog food in their backpacks, she added.
A family member of Willard’s is planning to travel to the shelter to pick up his dog, Glasscock said, and the others will be caged until their owners are released from jail.