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Vienna man gets prison term in auto part theft

WARREN — A co-defendant in a heist of a catalytic converter in Niles last December was given a 12-month prison sentence on Wednesday.

David Zadai, 35, who has addresses in Vienna and Champion, pleaded guilty to charges of breaking and entering, vandalism and theft connected to the Niles theft and also to an escape charge linked to not reporting to his parole officer.

Because of Zadai’s previous prison sentences, Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay said the defendant was not eligible for probation and was sentenced to concurrent prison terms totaling a year.

Court records show that Zadai’s criminal record in Trumbull County dates back to 2009 armed robbery in which he was given a three-year prison sentence in 2010. This is his second conviction dealing with not reporting to a parole officer.

The theft case stemmed from Niles police officers answering a call on Dec. 4, 2021, about two men spotted in the Penn Care parking lot on North Road around 4 p.m. taking a catalytic converter from one of the ambulances parked there.

Once the officers had them in sight, the men attempted to run and jump the fence near the service road behind the plaza at the corner of North Road and Youngstown Warren Road, a police report states. After a short chase, the man identified as Zadai, stopped running and was ordered to the ground by an officer.

The co-defendant, identified as Robert Edward Cherry, 47, of Cleveland, was apprehended a little later.

As Zadai was taken into custody, he alerted an officer that he was going to overdose. By police escort, Zadai was taken to Trumbull Regional Medical Center and treated before he was jailed.

The catalytic converter parts were recovered in the field behind Penn Care, the report states, along with tools. Catalytic converters contain metals such as platinum and rhodium. They are worth between $1,000 to $2,500, according to auto website.

Court records show that Cherry on March 2, 2022, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, vandalism and theft and was immediately sentenced to an eight-month prison term.

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