Suspects soaked trying to steal working pipes

November 12, 2009 5:23:52 AM PST
Two western Pennsylvania residents need attorneys and, perhaps, a plumber.

Police in Ambridge say they arrested 32-year-old Douglas Biers Jr., and 33-year-old Elisabeth Moakley, after the couple were seen standing - soaking wet - in an alley about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say the couple had tried to steal copper pipes from a vacant apartment building, not realizing that water service was still turned on inside.

Police found two screwdrivers and a knife on the couple, tools that appeared to have been damaged attempting to pry something open. When police went inside the building, they saw water gushing from an overhead pipe.

The couple are in the Beaver County Jail on burglary and other charges. Ambridge is about 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.


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