NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WYTV) – Officials blame copper thieves for a home heating oil spill inside a home in Newton Falls Tuesday morning.
The homeowner said while he was out voting, he noticed his classic car, that he keeps locked up at a vacant house he owns, was parked at a bar down the street.
He called police and then went back to the home on Selkirk Bush Road where he noticed that the house had been burglarized and all of the copper pipes were stolen, including the copper line to the fuel oil tank releasing 25 gallons into the basement.
“There are issues anytime you have a vacant home that people are robbing,” said Newton Falls Fire Chief Richard Bauman. “If the utilities are on, it can be very hazardous to them and, of course, hazardous to us.”
Newton Falls firefighters cleaned up most of the spill. The homeowner will have to clean up the rest. Police are investigating the break-in.