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Suspect In 39 Ross County Church Break-Ins Arrested

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Cash Yoakem, 26, is charged with 19 counts of breaking and entering. Cash Yoakem, 26, is charged with 19 counts of breaking and entering.
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - A 26-year-old man is in custody, charged in connection with 39 church break-ins in Ross County.

According to Chillicothe police, Cash Yoakem, of Chillicothe, is charged with 19 counts of breaking and entering.

On Jan. 25, Yoakem and his wife, Heather, were arrested in connection with a break-in at a car wash in Laurelville. The two were arrested and taken to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

According to the Ross County Sheriff's Office, investigators interviewed Yoakem, who reportedly admitted to most of the church break-ins that occurred in Ross County from October 2013 through January 2014.

Detectives said the first church he broke into was on Jefferson Avenue near his home. He is accused of breaking into that church four times.

The crimes in which Yoakem is suspected include the burglaries of a car wash and church in Kingston on Jan. 23, and a car wash on North Bridge Street in Chillicothe.

Investigators are working with local pawn shops, and cash advance stores to recover numerous pieces of stolen property.

Officials initially reported that Yoakem admitted to 20 church break-ins, but NBC4's Denise Alex reported that the sheriff's office said Yoakem confessed to 39 break-ins.

Police said Yoakem told investigators that his motive was for easy money to support a drug habit.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing, investigators are still following up on leads, and there are other suspects that will likely face charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 740-773-1185 or Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers at 740-773-TIPS (8477).

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