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Police: Men Attempted to Steal Copper Piping, Ruptured Water Main

Police say the attempted theft occurred in an abandoned townhome on the unit block of Cherry Street.

Two men were arrested this week after police say their attempted copper piping theft caused a water main rupture and a flood in the basement of an abandoned home.

Royersford resident Michael A. Gauger, 36, and Russell Dyer, 45, of Macungie, each face felony charges of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespassing, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property, plus a handful of additional charges stemming from the November 27 incident.

According to court documents, on Tuesday at 12:15 a.m. Phoenixville police received report of two men inside a vacant residence on the unit block of Cherry Street. Phoenixville police, along with officers from the East Pikeland Police Department, surrounded the residence and, upon entering it, found Gauger and Dyer cutting pipes and placed them under arrest.

While the two were attempting to steal the piping, they cut the pipe to the water main, causing a flood in the basement of the building.

The men, after interrogation at the station, admitted to picking the lock of the townhome with the intention of stealing copper piping.

The men face an initial preliminary hearing date on December 6.

Fly On the Windshield December 01, 2012 at 06:18 PM
So they finally caught The Wet Bandits.
Ramona Moreland December 01, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Just a thought: If it were harder to sell stolen metals, would fewer metals be stolen? I would love to know how law enforcement works with the recycling centers who accept and purchase stolen copper and other materials. We read about these kinds of thefts all the time. Maybe the buyers need to be held responsible at some level, too. When you read about manhole covers being stolen and sold for scrap, are these really items that get recycled frequently? If someone brings in loads of copper pipe every other day, or a spool of copper with a contractors' name on it, is that questioned? Maybe a 'waiting period' needs to be imposed before cash is paid out, contingent upon the seller providing his name, address, and phone number. Just sayin'.
jon gable December 02, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I love these
Paul G. Celentano December 02, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Hey Fly, We can't accuse you of dry humor! I know, I know... that was so bad

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