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Trio charged in scheme to steal from 17 Cleveland construction sites, including church, school, hospitals

July 30, 2018

Trio charged in scheme to steal from 17 Cleveland construction sites, including church, school, hospitals

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Three men are charged in connection with a scheme in which they scoped out construction sites across the city and eventually looting the sites for tools, appliances and other items.

The three men — Hector Solivan, 42, of Olmsted Falls, Wilkins Ginorio, 39, of Cleveland Heights and Neftin Ginorio, 38, of Cleveland— are charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, breaking and entering, aggravated theft and receiving stolen property.

The trio is scheduled for arraignment on Aug. 10 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Solivan directed the Ginorios to different construction sites across the city with instructions on exactly what to steal, according to court records.

The Ginorios would then either trespass or break into the sites, steal the items Solivan wanted and take them back to a storefront on West 105th Street using Solivan’s pick-up truck, according to court records.

The trio stole at least $150,000 in equipment from 17 construction sites, court records say. The scheme ran from Aug. 30, 2017 through Feb. 24, according to court records.

They stole items big and small, including power tools, air conditioners, toilets, video surveillance systems, faucets, ceiling fans, generators, water tanks, nail guns, paint sprayers and pressure washers, court records say.

They targeted construction projects, including for University Hospital’s Rainbow Center for Women and Children on Euclid Avenue and East 58th Street, renovations to the 115-year-old St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Ohio City and Campus International School building on Chester Avenue and East 31st Street.

The trio targeted other construction projects across the city, including:

A storefront at 2177 Scranton Avenue in Tremont.A vacant office space for a building on Chester Avenue and East 12th Street downtownA vacant building on Superior Viaduct in the FlatsA vacant building on West 57th Street in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhoodA storefront and apartment building on Lorain Avenue and West 44th Street in Ohio CityAn office building on Prospect Avenue and East 22nd StreetAn office building on West St. Clair Avenue in downtown that houses the city’s municipal tax collection agency, among other agenciesAn apartment building on East 6th Street and Euclid Avenue in downtownMCPc’s new office building on Euclid Avenue and East 60th StreetA new duplex constructed on Randall Road, north of Lorain Avenue in Ohio CityA home on West 6th Street in TremontConstruction on luxury townhomes on Abbey Avenue and Columbus Road in Ohio City

Investigators raided the storefront on West 105th Street on Feb. 14, prosecutors said. 

All three have several prior felony convictions dating back more than 15 years and the Ginorios are currently charged in connection with the theft of tools from the Parma Service garage in late 2017. The duo have several convictions for breaking and entering, burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and drug possession.

Solivan has prior convictions for drug trafficking and drug possession.

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