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.