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Church of Warren community building, target of metal thieves

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WARREN, Ohio - A Community building owned by a Warren church is stripped of it's precious metal.

David Natale of the Church of Warren says he arrived to the church community building Tuesday morning on Youngstown Road to find it was ransacked, and its copper piping removed.

It is not known how someone entered the building or made off with items that were stolen including about 15 filing cabinets, the drawers from five fire-proof cabinets, the building's computer and phone systems.

Natale says almost 40 wires were cut to remove the expensive computer mainframe.

He says the damage could total more than $10,000.

The Church of Warren offers a drug addiction program and is planning to reach out to young students in the city school district by offering them help out of the building.

Natale says this is not the first time his church has been hit up for items that could be pawned off for cash.

"From what we understand, it's happening all over the place," Natale says. "We also had a while back, folks broke into our storage garage where we keep our lawn equipment, we found out later that was going on all over the county."

Warren police say they don't have any suspects. The department's chief tells 21 News it's very difficult to track down metal-related thefts and often items can't be traced back to a specific owner.

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