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Carlisle football coach, Beavercreek school worker accused of stealing ticket money

TJ Smart
Posted at 10:46 AM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 11:19:12-04

CARLISLE, Ohio  — Thomas Joel Smart, 29, Carlisle High School’s football coach and an employee at Beavercreek High School, is accused of stealing cash from ticket sales of a May 9 Beavercreek girls lacrosse game, according to a Beavercreek police report.

On Tuesday, a police officer escorted Smart from his Beavercreek High School classroom to the police department, the Journal-News reports, where he admitted to a detective that he stole an estimated $600 as well as ticket rolls and the ticket log from the game, according to the report.

Police released images captured May 12 by Beavercreek High School’s front lobby surveillance camera, which showed Smart entering the building that Sunday and leaving with something in his hands.

Police issued Smart a summons to Fairborn Municipal Court on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of theft. Smart was released from custody and is scheduled to appear May 28 for an arraignment.

Smart is a special education paraprofessional at BHS, the Dayton Daily News reported in February. He has been put on administrative leave as the head football coach at Carlisle High School.

The Journal-News is working to learn Smart’s status with the Beavercreek school district.

The Journal-News is a media partner of WCPO.