Police: Man stops trains while trying to steal copper

Published: Feb 25 2012 03:18:34 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 01 2012 03:52:17 PM EST

Police in West Whiteland Township, Chester County said a Berks County man was arrested after trying to steal copper wiring from Amtrak train lines.

James F. Martin, 40, of Robeson Township, near Birdsboro, was using a hacksaw and on a ladder trying to get the copper outm, police said.

That caused Amtrak to lose its ability to monitor the lines, and the electrician saw Martin and notified police, officials said.

Martinm, 40, tried to flee the scene but tripped on the tracks and fell, so officers apprehended him quickly, police said.

Amtrak had to shut down their Malvern and Thorndale lines for about an hour during the incident, according to police.

Martin is facing several felony charges, including risking a catastrophe. He's locked up in the Chester County Prison on $75,000 bail.

The damage to the Amtrak lines is estimated at around $10,000.