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Suspect in string of vandalism near downtown Dayton arrested

DAYTON — A suspect in a string of vandalism in Dayton has been taken into custody.

55-year-old Jack Gayhart was located on Friday around 11:30 a.m., according to a social media post from the Dayton Police Department.

As News Center 7 previously reported, three businesses along E 3rd Street in Dayton were vandalized early last Saturday morning.

>>PHOTOS: String of vandalism affects several businesses near downtown Dayton

Ping IT Services, near the intersection of N Keowee St and Third St, had multiple shattered windows.

About a half-mile down the street, DK Effect boarded up a broken window and removed mangled fiberglass from a ping-pong table.

Montgomery County dispatchers received several 911 calls about the damage.

“We had some loud audio glass smashing,” a 911 caller from DK Effect told dispatchers.

“Someone threw a rock through our front window,” a 911 caller from Ping IT Services told dispatchers.

Gayhart was wanted for numerous crimes of vandalism and criminal damaging.

>> String of vandalism affects several businesses near downtown Dayton

Gayhart has previously been arrested for similar crimes, according to the department.

A DK Effect employee told News Center 7′s Malik Patterson that he once saw Gayhart carrying around a silver pole.

Gayhart is now in custody at the Montgomery County Jail.

We will continue to follow this story.

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