Copper thieves target Warren church

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A Warren church sustained thousands of dollars in damage when thieves stole copper by cutting wires and stealing filing cabinet drawers.

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Scrap thieves targeted the community center of a Warren church over the weekend.

It happened sometime between Saturday and Tuesday morning at a building used as a meeting hall owned by the Church of Warren on Youngstown Road S.E. Church officials said the thieves cut 30 to 40 computer lines, took several metal pieces of furniture and filing cabinet drawers and then trashed several rooms in the process.

Copper pipe leading to the main bathrooms also was stolen.

“All the drawers were taken out of the fireproof cabinets, which are very weighty, but the cabinets themselves are too heavy to move.  That, along with the mainframe computer system along with the telephone system, everything was cut out and removed,” said David Natale of the Church of Warren.

So far, it’s not known how the burglars got into the building.  Church officials said they are going over the damage total, but estimate it will be in the thousands of dollars.

“The Warren police have been great. They have been here every time we call them to do a report, so they are kind of keeping an eye out for us along with the neighborhood group, the Kenmore Neighborhood Association,” Natale said.

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