Pasco deputies: $20,000 in stolen model trains sold for $700

Published Aug. 22, 2012

ARIPEKA — A 33-year-old man is accused of stealing $20,000 in model trains and selling the collectibles for merely $700 online.

Eric Malm was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary, dealing in stolen property and violating his felony drug offender probation. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Malm stole the trains from a retiree's home in Aripeka and sold them by placing an ad online. Malm knew the victim, the report states.

Authorities recovered $10,000 worth of items, which had "unique markings and the victim's handwriting on the boxes," the report states.

Malm, of 18836 Jebert Drive in Aripeka, is being held without bail at the Pasco jail. He is the stepfather of Delaney Rossman, a 5-year-old triplet killed in 2010 when their Hudson neighbor, Betty-Jo Tagerson, lost control of her Jeep and drove into a lawn where Delaney and her sisters were playing. Tagerson was sentenced to 13 years in prison.