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Officials: Potential thief falls from church roof

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Officials say a 51-year-old man is hospitalized after falling from a church roof in southwestern Michigan while apparently trying to steal copper. reports Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers responded about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday to Abundant Faith Word Church after a person walking dogs reported seeing a man tampering with a vent on the roof.

Investigators say the man was apparently trying to steal copper wire from the building’s heating and cooling system. When they responded, he was no longer on the roof. Police say he had fallen about 15 feet into a church courtyard, where they found him.

The man was taken to a hospital for treatment. The case is expected to be sent to prosecutors for a decision about possible charges.

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