Heating and cooling class instructor David Morgan reported the theft at 1:48 p.m. March 19 to a Lorain County sheriff’s deputy who was working at the school.
Morgan said the student, Chad Buckley, 18, had gone to the nurse’s office for a cut on his hand. He said when asking another student how Buckley cut his hand, the student told him that Buckley cut his hand while stripping copper wire.
Morgan said Buckley’s book bag appeared to be heavy when he returned from the nurse’s office.
A search of Buckley’s bag revealed 4 pounds of scrap copper, according to a sheriff’s report. The copper belonged to Lorain County JVS.
Buckley, of Elyria, was arrested and charged with theft. He entered a plea of not guilty in Oberlin Municipal Court, and a pretrial hearing is scheduled 10:40 a.m. May 8.
Superintendent Glenn Faircloth said Buckley is going through the school’s disciplinary procedure to determine if any action through the school is warranted.