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Police: Dayton church member caught with hand in donation jar

A member of Target Ministries is accused of breaking into the Dayton church to steal money from a donation jar.

Police responded around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday to the church, 111 Xenia Ave., after the director reported that a parishioner, identified as 37-year-old Blake Parish, stole money and was now at the front door of the church, according to a Dayton police report.

>> Several business break-ins reported overnight in Dayton, Harrison Twp.

Surveillance video showed Parish inside the church around 1 a.m. Tuesday, the report stated. The director said the building was locked, and that this was the third recent theft.

Parish told police he took $5 from a donation jar so he could buy cigarettes and a lighter, and he said the door was unlocked, the report stated.

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He was arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felony breaking and entering. He is due in court Wednesday.

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