On January 3, 2024, the Morris County Superior Courthouse in Morristown, New Jersey, issued a Pretrial Intervention (PTI) Order to Jeremy Hayes, a New Jersey Transit (NJT) employee. Pursuant to the PTI's terms, among other conditions, Hayes must remain under probation officer supervision for 1 year. At the conclusion of the year, the pending charges against Hayes will be dismissed if Hayes complies with the PTI's conditions. Hayes was also ordered to serve 20 hours community service, forfeit any stolen train horns, and pay $125 in court assessments.
Hayes took part in stealing, transporting, and storing locomotive air horns from multiple transportation entities, including Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation. In October 2023, Hayes was charged with theft and receipt of stolen property. Hayes has since been suspended from employment with NJT. Federal Railroad Administration regulations require each lead locomotive to be equipped with a locomotive horn for safe operation.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Transnational Organized Crime Task Force, CSX Transportation Police, Norfolk Southern Police, and NJT Police.