Woman Breaks Into South Carolina Churches, Taking Child With Her
A Lexington County woman faces multiple charges after signing her child out of school, then taking the child with her as she broke into four churches in Gilbert.
Investigators say 42-year-old Leslie Reese is accused of breaking into the churches, including Gilbert United Methodist Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bethel United Methodist Church and Samaria Baptist Church. Security cam footage showed her breaking a window to get inside the buildings. She reportedly took various items including candles, a cross and Christmas decorations. “A book bag containing a folder belonging to Reese’s child was found inside Samaria Baptist,” according to Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon.
A news release from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office says there was no motive for the burglaries. It’s not known if Reese attempted to get money for the stolen items.
She has been charged with four counts of third-degree burglary and one count of unlawful conduct toward a child.
Reese has posted bond and has been released from the Lexington County Detention Center.