Copper thief suspect electrocuted at Valley Forge

    Police believe a man was electrocuted at Valley Forge National Historical Park while trying to steal cooper wiring from an electrical box.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that he was shocked at around 4 a.m. on the lawn of a mansion.

    Police responding to a 911 call from the man’s friend found the victim partly inside a 4,100-volt electrical box.

    They say he was unconscious and later pronounced dead.

    • WHYY thanks our sponsors — become a WHYY sponsor

    Authorities say the victim is a 41-year-old man from Norristown. They are not yet releasing his name.

    Officials say he died outside the park’s Kennedy Supplee Mansion. Valley Forge is about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal