A Fayette County grand jury indicted a Richmond man Tuesday on charges that he broke into three Lexington churches.
Michael Lee Lakes Jr., 32, is charged with three counts of burglary, fraudulent use of credit cards, being a persistent felony offender and two counts of receiving stolen property. He also faces misdemeanor theft and drug possession charges.
Lexington police say Lakes broke into Greater Faith Apostolic Church, Crestwood Christian Church and Porter Memorial Baptist Church in March to steal valuables and cash. According to police reports, Lakes stole two guitars at Porter and then sold them to a pawn shop in Nicholasville. He also is accused of stealing bags of personal items from Crestwood.
The Rev. William McGraw, pastor at Greater Faith Apostolic Church, told police that on March 12 he discovered a man he later identified as Lakes hiding in his office, according to police reports. The man fled from the church. After the man left, McGraw noticed that his office had been "rifled through," records state.