A Bellevue man accused of breaking into several churches appeared in court Monday.
Gregory S. Leigh Sr., 44, of 715 Kilbourne St., Bellevue, was indicted in February by a Huron County grand jury on three counts of breaking and entering. He pleaded not guilty to those charged Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
Leigh is scheduled to go to trial May 21 on two counts of breaking and entering in connection with a Nov. 8 incident. He also faces an additional charge of breaking and entering stemming from a Nov. 9 offense.
In November, an Erie County grand jury indicted Leigh on multiple felonies stemming from break-ins at three different churches. The Erie County Sheriff's Office and Sandusky Police Department investigated the case that involved two Milan churches and one in Sandusky.
While none of the churches reported anything was missing or stolen that reached a "felony level," an Erie County prosecutor said one of the victims reported the theft of a gift card.
The Bellevue Police Department arrested Leigh on Nov. 9 when officers said they caught him at a grocery store in connection with using a gift card stolen from a Bellevue church.
"We had asked employees to keep an eye out for anybody using those cards," Detective Eric Burt said earlier.
Police searched Leigh and reported finding four more gift cards in his pockets. Burt has said the suspect, during a police interview, said he bought the cards from some "skaters" outside a church.
Leigh must post a $20,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. Huron County Public Defender David Longo told the court that even if Leigh were able to post that bail, he's still being held in Erie County on their charges. The defendant's bond in Erie County is $100,000.