Thieves run from cops into Chester school

If you're running from police, the last place you probably want to hide out is in an occupied school, but that's just what some copper thieves who were chased out of a house in Chester by police did today.

The men were captured after a brief struggle and never had any contact with students, police said.

Around 11:35 a.m., cops were called to 17th Street for a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers arrested one man at the scene who was serving as a lookout. While being taken in to custody, that man whistled to his accomplices, who then jumped out of a second-story window, according to police.

They then ran from police into Smedley Allied Health School, a high school on Upland Street. The school was placed under a lockdown but at no time were the thieves near any students, police said.

In an empty cafeteria, the burglars fought with schools and city police before they were taken in to custody, according to a news release.

Following the apprehension, police discovered that the men had been stealing bundles of copper piping from the house where they were first located.

Police have not yet released the names of the three men invovled.