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Catonsville Man Charged in Copper Theft

Thomas Anthony Haigler, 40, of the 100 block of Egges Ln., caught after copper downspouts were taken from St. Marks for the third time in a month.

Police charged a Catonsville man with burglary on Nov. 8 after he was seen removing copper downspouts from St. Marks Church at 30 Melvin Ave., according to a report.

At around 11:10 p.m., a suspect was observed removing copper downspouts from the sides of St. Marks and collecting them in a pile in the parking lot, the police report said.

The witness called police, who located and detained the suspect nearby, according to the report. The witness gave a positive ID of the suspect, the report said.

Thomas Anthony Haigler, 40, of the 100 block of Egges Ln., was charged with grand theft and fourth-degree burglary, according to police.

The Nov. 8 incident is the third time copper rain gutters and drainpipes were stolen from St. Marks in a month. Sometime between Oct. 12-15, two 30-foot sections of drain pipes were taken from St. Marks School. A 25-foot section of copper downspout was taken from the church sometime between Oct. 26-29.

A booking photo of Haigler was not available due to the weekend and Veteran's Day holiday.

Geoffrey Atkinson November 13, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I wonder if he is the one who has stripped the guardrails on 195 and Rolling?
Karen November 13, 2012 at 04:57 PM
What a wonderful person stealing from a church..wonder if this is the same person who did the same to Catonsville United Methodist...twice, for different metal items?
Karen November 13, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Please post a photo as soon as you are able, so that folks can spot him, if he chooses to continue doing this.
Joe November 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
If the thief had asked St Mark Church for some help they would have given them the help they could. He probably held the same ignorant bigoted views of the religious as many here do and just figured he would take what was not his.

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