COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Police have arrested a man who has admitted to burglarizing 12 churches in the Columbus area.
Preston Kennedy is charged with first and second degree burglary as well as driving with a suspended license. Surveillance footage from Evangel Temple church burglary led to Kennedy's identification. The second suspect in that video has also been identified.
Police say the rash of church burglaries and church vandalisms within the past four months were committed by a small group of people. Kennedy has admitted to the following burglaries:
Glenn Anthony Baptist Church 1109 39th St.
Happy Valley Day Facility 3301 13th Ave
Church of Jesus Christ 3007 Howard Ave.
American Van Rental 3501 Hamilton Rd.
Greater Beallwood Baptist Church 4419 Sherwood Ave.
Wynnton Road Ministries 3501 17th Ave.
The Living Word Church 3985 Hamilton Rd.
Rose Hill United Methodist Church 2101 Hamilton Rd.
Chattahoochee Valley Jail Ministries 2101 Hamilton Rd.
Evangel Temple 5350 Veterans Pkwy
Shekinah Glory Worship Center 5878 Morningside Dr.
Mormon Latter Day Saints 4400 Reese Rd.
He is also being charged for stealing motor vehicles from American Van Rentals and Glenn Anthony Baptist Church. He is accused of breaking into more than 100 cars, and officers say they are pushing for a judge to give him a higher bond.
One adult has been arrested and warrants are being obtained for one other adult and juvenile. Two additional juveniles are also possibly involved, and the investigation into their names and involvement continues.
Police are also searching for Reginald Weeks Lewis, whos police say helped Kennedy break into the churches.