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Police hide in LaGrange church to nab donation thief

Daniel S. Blubaugh

Daniel S. Blubaugh

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Updated: June 25, 2012 4:34PM

La Grange police hiding inside St. Francis Xavier Church early Monday arrested a 31-year-old man as he tried to burglarize the church, police said.

Daniel S. Blubaugh of Naperville was arrested by two officers who hid in the church, 145 N. Waiola, after officials reported a pattern of Sunday donations coming up missing.

About 1:20 a.m., Blubaugh was seen entering the church and removing cash from donation boxes, police said.

He was immediately arrested, and later charged with burglary to a place of worship, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest.

Blubaugh is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday.

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