Oklahoma man pleads guilty in 3 church burglaries

Published: September 13, 2012

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 23-year-old Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to charges related to three Cowley County churches.

Scott Mears of Ponca City, Okla., on Thursday pleaded guilty to two counts of nonresidential burglary and two misdemeanor theft charges related to burglaries at three Cowley County churches.

Mears was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 25.

The Arkansas City Traveler reports the church Mears admitted committing burglaries in July at the Hillcrest Bible Baptist Church in Arkansas City, and the First Christian Church and the Trinity Lutheran Church, both in Winfield.

Mears was arrested in Emporia. Authorities say he could face charges of burglarizing other churches in several cities.

Mears was being held Thursday in the Cowley County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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