Jacob Lenau, 21 of the 2700 block of Allen Avenue pleaded guilty in St. Louis Circuit Court to three counts each of burglary, stealing, and property damage
for incidents that took place between September and December 2012.
Among the crimes, the theft of a Bible from the 1800's that Lenau tried to sell at a shop on Cherokee Street just days after stealing the book.
The wood carved cover was especially rare due to the ornate carvings. The Bible had actually been on display when it was stolen in preparation of Christmas services at St. John's Lutheran Church.
Lenau was sentenced to concurrent seven year prison terms on the stealing & burglary charges and 180 days on the property damage charges.