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Man breaks into Cleveland home with ax and gun, tells contractor he’s there to steal copper

October 3, 2018

Man breaks into Cleveland home with ax and gun, tells contractor he’s there to steal copper

CLEVELAND, Ohio – An unidentified man broke into a Cleveland home undergoing renovations and told a contractor that he was there to steal copper, according to a police report.

Contractors did not notice anything missing from the home after the break-in that happened early Tuesday on Park Avenue near East 71st Street, police reports say.

The man had a knife and ax when the 46-year-old contractor found him about 1:45 a.m. in the kitchen. The contractor had been sleeping upstairs but woke when the man broke into the home.

The man told the contractor that he was “coming for the copper,” police reports say.

The contractor grabbed a piece of wood to defend himself, then ran upstairs. The man did not follow him.

A neighbor saw the man riding a red bicycle just before the break-in. The man went into the backyard, pulled a crowbar out of a backpack and used it to break a window, the neighbor told police.

The neighbor called 911 and the homeowner to report the break-in.

The man left the home before police officers arrived. Officers found a basement door open.

No arrests have been made in the case, police said.

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