Bristol man sentenced for theft from church

| June 19, 2011

ABINGDON, Va. — A Bristol man – who stole four checks and a credit card from an Abingdon church, eventually pilfering $11,673 for drug money – was sentenced Friday to more than two years in federal prison.

The same man has larceny charges pending in Bristol, Va., where police say he went to the gas station where his girlfriend worked while out on bond and stole $1,000 worth of cigarettes, beer and energy drinks.

Shannon James Dunford, 34, of Bristol, Va., worked for a Bristol-based cleaning service, which dispatched its employees to various businesses across the region, including Highlands Fellowship Church in Abingdon.

While cleaning the church on Jan. 26, 2010, he stole four checks and a credit card, according to court records. The next day, he began using the credit card – which was eventually swiped for 43 purchases totaling $943.35. Then he went to his mother’s house, where he used her computer to pay utility bills with the account and routing numbers from the stolen blank checks. He offered to pay his mother’s utility bills online, so long as she paid him back half in cash. His mother then drove him around so he could make the offer to other people – he would pay their bills online if they paid him half in cash.

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