Western Railway services were disrupted in the morning peak hours on Friday after a thief got into a motor coach and tried to steal a brass equipment.
This led to the breakdown of the train, which came to a grinding halt, disrupting suburban services. “A Churchgate-bound local from Borivli halted between Goregaon and Jogeshwari at 8.45 am as a miscreant managed to get into a narrow motor coach compartment and tried to steal some parts,” an official said.
The thief escaped. “The motor coach compartment is generally in the middle of the train and is locked. But the miscreant managed to get in and pulled out some parts, which resulted in the train coming to a halt and he managed to escape,” he added.
The train had to be cancelled at Andheri. Four slow Churchgate-bound trains were diverted on fast lines and were running 10-15 minutes late till noon.
Chief spokesperson S.S. Gupta said the brass equipment, which the thief tried to steal, hardly has any market value.
“Most railway staff, including policemen, travel in this narrow door coach during peak hours,” said RPF official, requesting anonymity.
The staff, who manage to get keys of these compartments, leave the doors open, which leads to such an incident, he added.