Warren police investigating battery, copper thefts

WARREN – Police are investigating a series of battery heists that hit a city department, a bus service and an agency this week. Additionally, at least two county buildings have been hit by copper thieves.

According to Warren police reports, 21 bus batteries and 18 battery cables from 21 buses were stolen from buses at the the Trumbull Community Action Program sometime between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 3:15 a.m. Thursday.

A TCAP employee told police the buses were parked inside a fenced in parking lot at 614 Main St. S.W. It is not clear whether the fence was locked.

The estimated loss was $2,025, according to reports.

Community Bus Services, 1976 Niles Road, reported that between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday eight batteries were taken from eight buses. A CBS employee told police there did not appear to be any forced entry.

The estimated loss was about $760.

Batteries from several city garbage trucks were stolen Tuesday morning while the vehicles were parked outside the sanitation department.

A city employee reported nine batteries missing from garbage trucks at the Warren Sanitation Department at 613 Main St. S.W., according to a Warren police report.

That theft took place sometime between 3 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday. Police reports said someone gained access to the fenced parking lot at 613 Main St. S.W. and took the batteries, estimated to be valued at $1,000, from the trucks.

It is not clear whether the fence was locked at the time or how access was gained.

Police were also called Wednesday to investigate a copper theft at Trumbull County property at 111 High St. A Warren police report states that approximately 15 to 20 feet of copper piping was removed from one of the six air-conditioning units at the rear of the building where the 11th District Court of Appeals is located.

The report indicates the theft took place sometime between 4:30 p.m. July 18 and 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Investigators are also looking into a second copper theft at 280 North Park Ave., where Trumbull County Job & Family Services is located.

Reports state that copper piping 2 inches thick and 8 to 10 feet long and valued around $30 was cut and removed from a ground level air conditioning unit in the rear parking lot area of the building between 10 and 11 p.m. Sunday.

Deputies from the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office are reviewing surveillance recordings that show someone in that area at the time. However, officials have not reported how many people they believe were involved or whether they were able to identify anyone from the videos.

Officials have not said whether they believe thefts are connected.

City and agency officials, as well as various scrapyard owners, have declined comment.