Reward Offered in Great Lakes Brewery Burglary

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CLEVELAND– Police need the public’s help identifying three people who they say stole several thousand dollars worth of copper from Great Lakes Brewery.

On Oct. 20, surveillance video outside the brewpub shows three people walking along W. 26th street.

Photo from Cleveland police

“Video surveillance caught three individuals doing what appeared to be some recognizance surveillance,” said David Santiago, a detective with Cleveland police, second district.

The following morning, Oct. 21, between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., police say the three return to the alley behind Great Lakes Brewery.

The video shows one of the suspects jumping an iron fence which has iron spikes sticking out at the top of it. The vandals cut the lock off the iron gate, broke the lock off the main and auxiliary power box, and managed to walk away with 500 ft. of supply cables filled with copper.

“They turned off the camera, cut off the power, and cut over 500 ft. of electrical cable valued over $15,000,” said Santiago.

The vandals did not get into the Great Lakes Brewery facility itself, but when they cut the power, the establishment was left in the dark for about five hours.

“Our business is just fine. It’s not going to affect Christmas Ale. It’s not going to affect our production. You can still come and have lunch at our brew pub, and we’re up and running again,” said Marissa DeSantis, communications asst. of Great Lakes Brewery.

People working nearby are surprised the suspects pulled off the theft despite all the surveillance cameras surrounding the property.

“It’s just amazing nowadays how brazen they are to steal with cameras in front of you, middle of the night, during the day; it doesn’t matter,” said John Mastiak.

The suspects face charges of breaking and entering, grand theft, and vandalism. Police are asking local scrapyards to keep their eyes open.

“If anybody brings in the cable depicted in the photo, that’s a sample. It’s approximately an inch and a half, two inches in diameter copper cable, electrical cable; it’s 500 MCM as it is referred to, if they could contact us,” said Santiago.

There is a reward for tips leading to an arrest, according to police.