July 25, 2016

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Man charged with stealing 100 pounds of copper

LODI — A Hinckley Township man was arrested after police said he was spotted leaving a local business with 100 pounds of stolen copper.

A patrol officer reported stopping a car driven by Jonathan A. Riggs, 30, of 235 Valley Brook Blvd., Hinckley Township, as it exited the parking lot of Computer Room Design Corp., 120 West Drive, about 1 a.m. Thursday.

Jonathan Riggs

Police determined Riggs and a female passenger both were employed at Computer Room Design through a temp agency and had keys to the building. Once inside, they stripped 100 pounds of copper wire and loaded it into the car, which is owned by the company, police said.

Riggs was charged with breaking and entering and two counts of drug possession, fifth-degree felonies, punishable by six to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. The drug charges stem from warrants out of Cuyahoga County.

Riggs is free on $20,000, 10 percent bond, set by Wadsworth Municipal Court Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Lodi Police Chief Keith Keough said charges may be filed against the female passenger, whom he declined to identify.

Shannon Price of Integrity Metals in Medina said the approximate scrap value of the copper is $200 to $400.

Officials at Computer Room Design Corp. did not return a call seeking comment.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.