Repeat Burglar Busted; Bible Returned

A 20-year-old St. Louis man has been charged with burglarizing a single church three times, most recently last week when a valuable, 19th century Bible was stolen.

Jacob Lenau was arrested Wednesday, the same day police returned the 15-pound German Bible to Saint Johns Lutheran Church.

A “scruffy-looking man” had sold it Sunday for $30 to antique book dealership, where someone called police after hearing about the theft.

Lenau was charged Thursday with nine counts stemming from break-ins at the church on September 12th, December 11th and last Friday. He did not have a lawyer or a listed phone number.

Saint Johns has been burglarized at least a half-dozen times since September. Now, an anonymous donor is contributing money so the church can buy a security system.