Police say they identified the suspect as Michael McCutcheon to Jackson Twp. church robbery

JACKSON TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Jackson Police Chief Greg Taillon said community counseling helped identify a suspect in a robbery at Our Lady of Lebanon Shrine.

WKBN reported the theft on Tuesday along with a photo police released in hopes of identifying the man.

Police said after the story was released, advice from the community poured in.

Chief Taillon said the suspect was identified as Michael McCutcheon, 49, of Youngstown. He said investigators were looking for arrest warrants against him. He is also wanted in other jurisdictions including Austintown and Youngstown.

Taillon said McCutcheon is known to many neighboring communities and was recently released from prison after about 10 years.

Police said the man stole money from an elderly parishioner and money for the cash register at the gift shop at Notre Dame du Liban Shrine in North Jackson.

Surveillance cameras caught the man, wearing a matching face mask and bandana and Struthers Wildcat sweatshirt, letting himself into the church office on Friday morning and using a workman’s purse, stealing around $ 30 before entering the gift shop and hiring a parishioner behind the counter.

The video shows the woman walking away and the suspect opening the two cash drawers and stealing what police say is around $ 200. The man then exited into the parking lot, got into the passenger seat of a Lexus and drove off.

The thefts were not discovered until much later that day, when workers closed the cash register.

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