Man charged with stealing copper from churches…

March 18, 2011 – CLEVELAND, Ohio — The 34-year-old Cleveland man who stole copper from nearly a dozen churches and Lakewood High School will be sentenced April 6.

James Dina pleaded guilty Wednesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to burglary, vandalism, disrupting a public service, 16 counts of breaking and entering and five counts of theft.

Over the last five months of last year, Dina stole copper downspouts in Lakewood from the Lakewood Congregational Church at 1375 West Clifton Blvd., Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 14560 Madison Ave., Lakewood United Methodist Church at 15700 Detroit Ave., St. James Catholic Church at 17514 Detroit Ave., Faith Lutheran Church at 16511 Hilliard Road, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 18001 Detroit Ave. and Lakewood High School on Franklin Boulevard.

He also stole copper downspouts from St. Paul Lutheran Church on East Bagley Road in Berea, and Our Lady of Angels at 3644 Rocky River Dr., Monastery of Poor Clares at 3501 Rocky River Dr., Sisters of St. Joseph at 3430 Rocky River Dr., and the Marriott Hotel at 4277 West 150th St. in Cleveland.

And he stole brass fittings for water lines from Homewood Suites by Hilton and the Hampton Inn on Enterprise Parkway and Springhill Suites by Marriott at 30100 Aurora Road in Solon.