Man charged in Ravenna church break-ins

Coppa church arrest

RAVENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) — A Ravenna Township man remains at the Portage County Jail after being arrested Thursday in connection to several church break-ins.

Portage County Sheriff Lt. Gregory Johnson said Nicholas Coppa, 24, is charged with four counts of felony breaking and entering and one misdemeanor count of attempted breaking and entering. He was arraigned Friday in Ravenna Municipal Court, where his bond was set at $75,000. He is due back in court April 25.

Johnson said the first break-in occurred Monday at Maplewood Christian Church on state Route 88. The church was broken into a second time on Wednesday morning.

Johnson said the sheriff’s office set up extra patrols at area churches to help catch the suspect.

He said break-ins also occurred at God’s Church, 6351 Bridge St., and New Testament Baptist Church, 3583 state Route 59. During one of those break-ins, Johnson said a suspicious vehicle was seen in the parking lot and detectives traced it back to Coppa.

After further investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant and Coppa was taken into custody on Thursday.

“We’re familiar with him,” Johnson said.

He said although there was damage to the church doors during the break-ins, no damage was done inside the churches. Johnson also said the thief did not take religious items, but stole TVs, laptops, petty cash and other small items that could be easily sold.

Johnson said Coppa had some of the stolen items in his possession when he was arrested.

 

 
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