Church Burglary Arrest

On any given Sunday you'll find parishioners worshipping and praising God, but Gadsden County deputies say these sacred places became the scene of burglaries.

Deputies say the man accused of the crime is a former preacher, Lindale Dewayne Lee, and it was all to support his cocaine addiction.

James Morgan of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office says, "That's all we was doing. He says he was high on drugs and he needed to get drugs and he would burglarize churches to get what he can."

Gadsden County deputies say Lee's spree of burglaries ended after a woman discovered a safe in a wooded area. When deputies arrived on scene they found a van, and Lee nearby. Investigators say Lee fled the scene, but didn't get far.

Shelton Turner, an investigator with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, says, "He was carrying a large sum of money in an old pant leg that's what slowed him down and we were able to track him down.”

Authorities say Lee has admitted to burglarizing several churches, and they believe he's responsible for the burglaries at old Bethel AME Church on Jim Williams Road, Mt. Moriah Primitive Baptist Church in Midway, and Rich Bay AME Church in Havana, and in some cases they say he's broken windows to get inside.

Deputies say this proves even the most sacred places are not immune to crime. Deputies are still investigating the case.

Leon County officials will be interviewing Lee to see if he's responsible for a string of robberies on Miccosukee Road.