A man has been arrested after allegedly stealing electronics valued at over $9,000 and a vehicle worth over $3,000 from a church in Grove.
Christopher James McDonald, 24, whose address is listed as Monkey Island, was arrested on Feb. 10 in connection with a theft reported on Feb. 4 at he Lake Center Baptist Church.
According to the incident report filed in the Delaware County Sheriff’s office, Sheriff’s Deputy Denny Martin responded to a call to the church in reference to a burglary of a vehicle and electronic items that were missing from church property.
Church pastor Kim Hayes told Deputy Martin that a service was held during the half time of the Super Bowl and numerous people had attended. Deputy Martin noticed no signs of forced entry and it was believed that someone had hidden inside the church until everyone left and had then unlocked the doors after taking the electronics.
The next day, an off-duty dispatcher called and said the missing vehicle was parked in the Lowe’s parking lot at Grove and the vehicle was removed for further investigation.
On Feb. 4, Deputy Martin.
contacted Deputy Don Daniels who advised him that he had information linking to the suspect, Christopher McDonald to the missing items. Deputy Daniels was told that McDonald was staying in a motel in Grove.
The suspect was contacted on Feb. 9 about the alleged theft and he told investigators that another man living with him for a time had taken the items. Offices left to contact that person and he denied any knowledge of the burglary. Officers returned to the motel to find that McDonald had left shortly after their visit.
Deputy Mark Berry located McDonald at the Grand Lake Casino parking lot on Feb. 10 and when approached, McDonald gave him an I.D. with the name Frank James. McDonald was arrested and transported to the Delaware County jail.
Anticipated charges could include second-degree burglary, stolen vehicle, and fraudulent impersonation.
McDonald has served time in the Department of Corrections on felony charges in Delaware County of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree burglary, escape from arrest or detention and a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse-assault and battery. He is currently on probation until 2016.
McDonald has also pled guilty in Delaware County to public drink in 2002, aggravated assault and battery in 2003, driving under the influence in 2005 and assault and battery in 2006, all misdemeanor charges.