A slew of forced break-ins and burglaries in Paoli, including three churches, has resulted in multiple criminal charges being filed against a single suspect.

A total of five felony counts were filed Wednesday against 18-year-old Albert Baxter.

Most were second-degree burglary accusations, but one was for Baxter’s failed attempt to escape from two Paoli Police officers after he was taken into custody and brought to Pauls Valley for his book-in at the Garvin County jail.

Also reportedly involved in the break-in rampage, which included various vehicles, was an unnamed juvenile male.

It took less than an hour for authorities to be notified about the string of burglaries with the first coming early Tuesday morning from an official at Paoli’s United Pentecostal Church.

Police were told someone had pried open a door to enter the church. Once inside they stole a variety of items, including a laptop computer, church files and $100 in cash.

About 40 minutes later authorities were informed of a similar break-in at Paoli’s First Baptist Church

Minutes later officials with the United Methodist Church reported that someone had forced their way into the facility through a window.

Despite the break-ins, no items were reported missing from the second or third churches.

Reports show at about 3:30 p.m. that same afternoon the owner of a beauty shop on South Oklahoma Street in Paoli contacted police about a burglary there. Taken were a video game and a case containing an unknown number of compact discs.

Witnesses later told authorities they saw two boys leave a residence near one of the churches.

Both boys, who were named by witnesses, were reportedly holding trash bags later placed in a dumpster near the residence. Some of the items stolen from the Pentecostal Church were found in the bags, police reported.

According to authorities, the remaining stolen items were found in the attic of the residence where one of the suspects lived.

The two suspects were later arrested as Baxter was placed in the county jail, while the juvenile was released to his mother.

During Baxter’s initial arraignment in Garvin County District Court, he was given a $4,000 bond for each of the five felony counts.

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