A Gilbert woman is accused of stealing from four Lexington County churches in November.
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Leslie Reese, 42, is charged with four counts of third-degree burglary along with a single count of unlawful conduct toward a child, according to a press release from the county Sheriff’s Department.
According to the release, Reese is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child because her child accompanied her during the break-ins.
“Reese signed her child out of school and took the child with her to break into churches and take things,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon is quoted. “A book bag containing a folder belonging to Reese’s child was found inside Samaria Baptist.”
In addition to Samaria Baptist Church in Batesburg, Reese is accused of breaking into three other churches including Bethel United Methodist Church on Peachtree Rock Road near Edmund, Gilbert United Methodist Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church, according to the release.
The Chronicle reached out to the churches for comment but did not immediately receive responses.
“After reviewing security cam footage at Gilbert United Methodist Church, property crimes investigators confirmed Reese broke into Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Gilbert United Methodist Church,” Koon is quoted. “The security cam footage showed Reese breaking a window to get into both churches and taking various items such as a cross, candles and Christmas ornaments.”
Reese was released from the Lexington County Detention Center after receiving and meeting the conditions of her bond.
This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.
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