LINDEN - An alleged copper thief, who may be connected to a rash of metal thefts in Union County, has been arrested, according to Linden police.

Police say they caught Carl Johnson, 54, during a robbery attempt at a vacant home on Elizabeth Avenue. An eyewitness called to report a suspicious character at the unoccupied home Friday morning.

Investigators say Johnson is well known to them and that he had a pair of copper shears in his hand when he was caught. They are trying to determine if he is behind other metal thefts in the area.

Johnson has been charged with burglary, criminal mischief and possession of criminal tools. He remains behind bars, awaiting bail.