Church burglary suspect jailed on $10,000 bond

GREENVILLE – Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein handed down a $10,000 bond Tuesday morning for a man charged with breaking into multiple southern Darke County churches and businesses.

Ethan E. Louk, 21, of the Arcanum area faces a 15 count indictment in the case, including 13 counts of Breaking & Entering, felonies of the fifth degree, and two counts of Safe Cracking, felonies of the fourth degree. He and a 17-year-old accomplice are believed to have broken into at least nine churches in Darke County alone. The pair are also charged with several break-ins to businesses in Arcanm, Pitsburg and New Madison. Louk faces charges in Miami County in addition to the Darke County indictment.

Lead investigator on the case, Detective Rodney Baker of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office stated, “Personally I think it is petty low to break-in and steal from a church. It is a place people should feel safe.”

Baker told The Early Bird that many hours were put in to solve this case and get an indictment on the suspect. Louk and his juvenile accomplice are accused of breaking into several safes, stealing cash and television from a few of the churches. Cash, cigarettes and even candy were reportedly taken during some of the businesses the pair allegedly hit.

Louk remains incarcerated in the Darke County jail awaiting his next court date of July 28 at 9:30 a.m. He told the judge during his video arraignment Tuesday that he plans to retain his own attorney in the case. He faces up to 16 years and over $40,000 in fines if convicted as charged in the indictment.

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