Photo by Alexander Nguyen
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A man who had been stealing cash from church donation boxes in Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights was in custody, authorities said Friday.

The suspect was arrested in the 3400 block of Glenmark Drive in Hacienda Heights Thursday, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. David Infante said.

Sgt. James Beamon identified the suspect as Carlos Montiel, 36.

Montiel was accused of entering open churches and breaking into locked donation boxes, taking a large amount of cash over the past year, Deputy Trina Schrader said.

—City News Service

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