Deputies arrest suspect in church theft

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Dobson linked to the crime through DNA

Jesef Williams
Authorities have arrested the Lancaster man they say stole an air conditioning unit from a church over the summer.
Jessie Lee Dobson, 20, 4609 Cherrystone Road, was arrested Wednesday evening, Oct. 17, and charged with grand larceny $2,000-$10,000.  
Sheriff's deputies say between July 29 and Aug. 2, Dobson stole an air conditioning unit from the outside of New Cut Presbyterian Church, 2617 New Cut Church Road, which is off Camp Creek Road.
Dobson also tried to steal a second unit but was unsuccessful, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office media release issued Thursday afternoon.
Investigators linked Dobson to the crime through DNA evidence left at the scene, the release said.
Dobson was jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center. He was released Thursday on a $15,000 surety bond.
Dobson was also charged with simple possession of marijuana after deputies found a small amount of marijuana in his possession while serving the larceny warrant.
“We are pleased that this case has been resolved,” Sheriff Barry Faile said. “Any time a crime is committed at a place of worship, it affects a lot of people and we are real excited to provide some closure for that congregation. Our officers worked really hard to put this case together and I appreciate that hard work.”

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