2 arraigned in South Side church burglary
The judge set $50,000 bonds for the two men.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Maybe it was the hour (almost midnight) or the temperature (5 degrees) that made Patrolman Robert Giovanni check out two men walking along Parkcliff Avenue lugging, among other things, a large vase and lighting fixtures.
Giovanni stopped one of the men, later identified as 54-year-old Henry Lee Moody of Ferndale Avenue, who was carrying a piece of bulging luggage, the vase and lighting fixtures. The second man kept on walking.
Patrolman Jerry Fulmer, sent to assist Giovanni, caught up with 45-year-old Gregory H. Young near Clearmount Drive. Young, of Crandall Avenue, had a box on his shoulder and extension cords dragging behind him.
Moody told the officers that he and Young found the items on the road. Giovanni pointed out in his report that the items were dry, despite a recent snowfall.
In the box, Fulmer discovered a large amount of mail for Restoration Miracle Deliverance Temple, 208 Parkcliff. The South Side church has not been used in sometime but is being cared for and worked on, police said.
Following the prints
Giovanni followed boot prints back to the church and across its front lawn. He discovered that the bottom panel of the basement door had been kicked out and a tool had been used to pry off the lock hasp.
Moody had a crack pipe and screwdriver in his jacket, police said. Also, a search of the church turned up extension cords that matched the ones Young had been carrying.
The inventory list of what Giovanni and Fulmer found in the box and luggage carried by Young and Moody included 42 Bible class pamphlets, bottle of glue, light bulbs, box of mints, 9-volt batteries, fake flowers, paper clips, gold and pearl earrings, silver and pearl earrings, silver necklace with pearl, rhinestone pin, two scissors, wine glasses, staples and stapler, 20-piece silverware, four broken light fixtures, skin cream, brown and gold chandelier, five saxophone reeds and much more.
Moody was charged with breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools and possession of drug paraphernalia (crack pipe). Young was charged with breaking and entering.
At arraignment Friday in municipal court, Judge Elizabeth A. Kobly set bond at $50,000 for each man and a preliminary hearing for Jan. 31.
Records show Young's criminal background includes:
UJune 2004 -- unauthorized use of a vehicle, reduced from receiving stolen property, 120 days in jail. Municipal Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr.
UFebruary 2004 -- criminal trespass, reduced from breaking and entering, and misdemeanor receiving stolen property, one year's probation. Judge Kobly.
UJune 2003 -- breaking and entering, nine months in prison. Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge James C. Evans.
UOctober 2001 -- escape, total prison sentence not immediately available. Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge R. Scott Krichbaum.
UMarch 2001 -- receiving stolen property, 180 days in jail with 60 suspended. Judge Kobly.
Records show Moody's criminal background includes:
UJanuary 2001 -- robbery, two years in prison. Judicial release granted a year later and he was transferred to a halfway facility for a few months and placed on one year's probation. Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen A. Cronin.