According to a press release by Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Joe Watts, Kenny Wayne Austin Jr., 20, was taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the burglary of the Coalmont First Baptist Church earlier this month.
On Dec. 7, officials responded a burglary report at the church and found the south-side basement door of the church was forced open. Miscellaneous food items and cash totaling less than $100 were reported taken from the church during the burglary.
Austin was considered a suspect early by case investigators ISP Detective Sgt. Troy Stanton and Troopers Shilo Raulston and Matt Ames.
Footprints discovered in the snow leading away from the church, allegedly led to Austin's residence, which is approximately 60 yards east of the church.
Taken into custody shortly before 9 a.m., Friday, Austin was preliminarily charged with a class B felony for burglary. If convicted, Austin could face 6-20 years imprisonment and fines up to $10,000.
Austin is currently being held in the Clay County Jail with a $25,000 no 10 percent cash bond.