Riverside man arrested trying to steal copper wiring from church roof


Santa Ana deputies arrested Jeffery Alan Lawing, 35, while responding to call regarding a suspicious subject on the roof of Santa Ana Restoration Church located at 2535 South Main Street around 12:35 a.m.

According to authorities, residents who live in the church called police after they heard footsteps on the roof, and were left in the dark when the power to the building went out.

When the responding officers arrived, they saw the suspect on the roof. With the help of Orange County Air Support "Duke", officers were able to locate the suspect hiding under an air conditioning unit, climb on the roof, and take him into custody.

Lawing was arrested and booked into the Santa Ana Jail for grand theft and possession of burglary tools.

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