Livingston Police responded to Livingston First United Methodist Church on U.S. 190 West at about 5:27 p.m. Monday, where they located a man attempting to enter to the locked facility using a crochet needle and a long nail file, according to Det. Leon Middleton, an LPD spokesman.
Officers detained MacKenzie Cory Miller, 31, of Livingston, he resisted getting into the patrol car, but officers were able to regain the suspect’s compliance without incident.
Miller also had a backpack in his possession. During a search subsequent to his arrest, officers found dangerous drugs and a crystal like substance that field tested as positive for methamphetamine.
LPD charged Miller with criminal attempted burglary of a building, though he claimed to have permission to enter the church building to use the restroom. That charge is classified as a misdemeanor.
He also faces charges for possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, 1 to 4 grams; possession of a dangerous drug and resisting arrest.
He remained in custody at the Polk County jail as of Thursday morning after a judge set his bond at a total of $19,000.