October 26, 2014

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Man charged with breaking into garage

LORAIN — A man was arrested early Thursday morning after police found him in a vacant garage with wire cutters.

The man, 41-year-old Michael Elek, was charged with breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools.

At 1:38 a.m., officers were sent to a vacant home in the 1600 block of Euclid Avenue for a report of suspicious noises. A woman in a neighboring home told police she heard glass breaking and saw a truck parked in the driveway of the home.

Police saw a flashlight beam in the backyard and found a garage door open. Officers went into the garage to find Elek with a flashlight and wire cutters, according to a police report.

Police found freshly cut electrical wires on the floor of the garage and scrap metal in the truck, which belonged to Elek.

Elek admitted to stealing copper because he had lost his jobs and “times were tough,” but he would not tell officers where he got the scrap metal.

Police said Elek had no prior breaking and entering charges.

Elek was arraigned Thursday morning at Lorain Municipal Court, where he entered a plea of not guilty.