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Man arrested for attempted burglary of a religious building

Ernest Lester (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office) Ernest Lester (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office)
WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

Less than 48 hours after an air-conditioning unit was stolen from a Washington Parish church, police have made an arrest.

Police identified and arrested Ernest Joseph Lester, 33, on counts of theft, criminal damage, fugitive, and attempted simple burglary of a religious building.

The arrest occurred at a Franklinton gas station and occurred without incident. 

“Our patrol officers took the initial report, recovered the stolen property and arrested the thief, all within a few hours,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “They did an excellent job and I thank them for all they do.”

Lester has a history of theft and drug related offenses. 

Sheriff Seal continued, “This fine congregation and pastor deserves better than to suffer at the hands of a thief.”

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