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Man accused of stealing church's AC unit

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

A man "well-known" to Washington Parish deputies is now accused of stealing a local church's central air conditioning unit. 

Investigators said evidence linked 33-year-old Ernest Lester to the theft and attempted entry of a church located on Highway 10 between Bogalusa and Franklinton.

Deputies arrested him June 27  and booked him with attempted simple burglary of a religious building and criminal damage.

The sheriff's office said Lester has a history of theft and drug-related offenses.

Detectives recovered the stolen air conditioning unit, which had been sold.

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