Warrants are issued for 2 in HVAC thefts
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Sep 18, 2012 | 1837 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Arrest warrants have been issued for two men in connection with the theft of 16 heat and air units from city businesses.

The investigation has been ongoing for several weeks, according to Detectives Bill Parks and Matt Jenkins of the Cleveland Police Department.

According to Jenkins and Parks, they have issued warrants for the arrests of Danny Wayne Cronan, 45, and Marvin Bingham, 30.

A pickup truck the two men were using to haul some of the alleged stolen property was seized by Cleveland Police Criminal Investigations Division.

On Aug. 24, police responded to Georgetown Medical Clinic where eight HVAC units had been stripped from the property.

James Everhart reported Sept. 10 that a 10-ton capacity HVAC unit had been taken from a building he owned on Baldwin Street.

According to an affidavit filed by Jenkins and Parks, a witness was able to provide information about the vehicle. Three other HVAC units were also reported stolen from Cleveland Community Church on Sept. 5 and another was taken from a Blythe Avenue business on Sept. 10.

Jenkins and Parks established the two men as alleged suspects and attempted to tie them to the thefts in which an estimated $85,000 in HVAC units had been stolen.

Lloyd Rogers also reported three units taken from his Keith Street business.

According to the report, Detectives Daniel Gibbs and Brian Pritchard responded to the scene and observed compressor oil on the ground.

They went to a location on Chippewah Avenue where they found the truck suspected to have been used in the thefts.

According to the report, they found oil in the bed of the truck which appeared to have been the same as that found at the scene of the Keith Street theft.

Tire tracks were also evident at the scene of the Keith Street theft, and they reportedly matched the tires on the pickup truck, according to Jenkins report.

As their investigations continued, detectives learned the suspects were scrapping the various metals and selling them to a local dealer.

Officials used video security footage which reportedly showed the men delivering the metals to the scrap facility, according to the report.

Both men are to be charged with three counts of theft over $10,000 and two counts of theft over $1,000.

Investigation is continuing and additional charges could be added, according to Jenkins.

Anyone with information regarding Cronan’s or Bingham’s possible whereabouts is asked to contact CPD at 303-3134.