Chickasaw woman arrested in connection with church burglaries

Published 3:31 pm Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Chickasaw woman’s arrest this week may answer questions authorities have concerning a string of church burglaries around the region.

Wanda Faye Lacy, 41, was arrested Tuesday by Baldwin County deputies that searched her home and found more than 50 items allegedly stolen across Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

Found in the search were artificial plants and flowers as well as tabletop fans, microphone stands and several other items. Lacy was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and authorities say other charges may be filed pending results in an on-going investigation. Published reports say more than 50 items allegedly taken in the church burglaries were recovered at Lacy’s home.

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After her arrest, Lacy confessed to burglaries of five churches including Lottie Baptist Church in Baldwin County just across the Escambia County line. In her admission, Lacy said the five churches were burglarized a total of eight times with some churches being hit more than once.

Churches burglarized that have been included in the investigation are Lottie Baptist Church, Tate Creek Baptist Church in Little River, Dean Chapel Church in Bay Minette, Mount Triumph Baptist Church in Prichard and New Hope Missionary Church in Wilmer.

Records with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department show Lacy remains in the detention center there on a $10,000 bond.

Wanda Lacy has been arrested in connection with several church burglaries.|Submitted Photo