Thief Targets Stafford Churches
STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Investigators are looking for a man who robbed parishioners at two churches in Stafford County.
The first robbery took place during the daytime hours of Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Mount Ararat Baptist Church when a parishioner told Stafford sheriff’s deputies his wallet was missing. The victim reported seeing a man come into the church on Garrisonville Road and then leave in a brown vehicle.
Then, at the Rock Hill Baptist Church on Sunday, several church parishioners reported to sheriff’s deputies that someone stole a wallet, a woman’s purse, and then nearly made off with a personal checkbook, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.
A man walked into that church and told parishioners that he was considering moving to the area and was looking for a church to attend regularly. A man teaching a Sunday school class spoke with the man and later reported his wallet missing. A female parishioner also reported her purse missing, and told police she saw an unknown man leaving the church in a brown car.
A checkbook that was also reported missing was later found in a hallway inside the church, said Kennedy.
Similar descriptions of a suspect were given for both incidents. Kennedy said the thief is:
5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall
Short brown hair
Beard with sideburns
Gray hooded sweatshirt
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Stafford County Crime Solvers.