TOPEKA (KSNT) – An alert resident in Topeka led police to two men stealing copper from several Union Pacific rail cars.

William L. Berardy (Courtesy Photo/ Shawnee County Department of Corrections)
John T. Good (Courtesy Photo/ Shawnee County Department of Corrections)

The Topeka Police Department said a resident reported that they witnessed suspicious activity around 4 p.m. on June 28, near the 3700 block of NW Lower Silver Lake Road.

Police responding to the area found one man coming out of a train engine compartment and another running away from the area. Police set up a perimeter and successfully caught both individuals.

Officers discovered that several rail cars and Union Pacific equipment had been broken into and stripped of their copper, according to a release. Preliminary estimates are damages in excess of $50,000.

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An investigation led to the arrest of John T. Good, 47, and, William L. Berardy, 27, both of Topeka. They
were transported to Shawnee County Department of Corrections for the listed charges:

  • Burglary
  • Felony Theft
  • Aggravated Criminal Damage
  • Felony Obstruction
  • Trespass on Railroad Property