Wheeling Toy & Train Museum Robbed
February 11, 2015

Earlier this week thieves broke into the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling, WV.    Glass cases were smashed, speciffic items were taken.  It appears that the robbers knew just what they were after in the break in.  In addition to the Kruger Street museum being a valuable asset in the preservation of toy and train history, up until this year the museum was also home to the annual “Mego Meet” convention.


If you have any information on the break in see the story below on how to contact the Wheeling police department.


WTRF 7 News Sports Weather – Wheeling Steubenville

Here is the story from local news station WTRF 7:

WHEELING – Wheeling police responded to a burglary overnight Sunday into Monday where tens of thousands of dollars worth of toy trains were taken from the Toy & Train Museum on Kruger Street.

Officers met with the curator and were shown where a suspect or suspects had broken into the museum. Once inside, the suspect(s) broke into glass display cases and removed multiple toy trains and accessories from the museum.

The stolen toy trains and accessories are reported to be worth about $30,000.

Investigators were called to the scene in an attempted to recover any evidence. They say they are hopeful that the uniqueness of the items stolen may generate information that may be useful in recovering the items and the suspect(s).

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wheeling Police Department as 304-234-3781.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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