Man accused of stealing funds for murder victim’s funeral

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A man was booked into jail after he was accused of stealing money raised for a man’s funeral.

Police were called to Connell’s Bar at 3105 East Third Street Saturday after 8:30 p.m.

The bar was often frequented by Ronald Antrican who was murdered during a robbery on May 18. His family and friends chose to have a fundraiser at the bar on Saturday to help cover funeral expenses.

“I had a lot of support,” said Stephanie Caudill, Antrican’s daughter. “The community came together and came down here and made sure they had gave. I had a few people even give me $3.”

Caudill came up from Florida last week after getting a call about her father’s murder.

She joined others working more than 12 hours at Connell’s Bar to raise nearly $3,000.

“There was many friends. There was the bartenders. We rocked that out,” said Caudill.

Sometime during that fundraiser, however, $2,860 was taken from a can containing Antrican’s picture which was locked in a vehicle.

According to Dayton police reports, security footage at the bar showed Michael McCormick, 28, gained access to the vehicle, stole the money, and left.

Witnesses said McCormick returned a short time later to the bar after winning a raffle prize. Police said he told them he put $200 of his own money into the fundraiser.

McCormick was later arrested by police after officers said his description matched that of the person in the security footage.

Antrican’s daughter said it’s inhumane somebody would have taken money meant to help a grieving family.

“When a community comes together and they put so much effort and time just to help from a tragic situation, what happened with my father, it felt so good,” said Caudill. “Just to have that taken away from me, it was heartbreaking.”

McCormick remains in the Montgomery County Jail. He is facing a felony county of theft and is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.

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