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Insurer, city of Salem sue brothers over stolen truck

LISBON — The city of Salem and Public Entities Pool of Ohio, the city’s insurance administrator, have filed a civil lawsuit in Common Pleas Court against two brothers believed involved in stealing and damaging city equipment.

The city is seeking $1,000 in compensatory damages and the insurance entity is seeking $19,581 in compensatory damages from the two brothers, Brandon House of Salem and Nathaniel Mango, address listed as the Grafton Correctional Institute.

One of the men was previously criminally charged in relation to the damage to the city’s property.

On Jan. 21, 2019, the civil lawsuit claims the two men had trespassed on city property in the 400 block of West State Street, pried open a city owned gate, accessed the city parking area where vehicles were stored and broke various windows.

Then they had broke into and stole a 2017 GMC truck, which was equipped with a snow plow and owned by the city for the use by the water department.

The truck was eventually found, seriously damaged, at a property on Lisbon Road south of state Route 344 between Leetonia and Salem.

The snow plow was found separately in Hanoverton, also seriously damaged.

The total cost of repairs for the damages to the vehicle was $20,581. Salem paid a $1,000 deductible.

House was sentenced in November to two years in prison for 12 criminal counts, including the ones involving the city of Salem’s truck. Mango is currently serving a 20-month sentence for receiving stolen property and safecracking for unrelated charges.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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