Gunman Robs Citrus Heights Church — Then Gives Loot Back

| September 28, 2009

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – Police investigators were looking for an armed man who robbed a Citrus Heights pastor in his church Sunday morning, then had a change of heart and gave the property back, according to a Citrus Heights police spokesman.

The incident happened at the Antelope Road Christian Fellowship on Antelope Road around 9:45 a.m., Citrus Heights police Sgt. Eric Mattke said.

Mattke said the church pastor walked into the church office to find a man inside. As the man was being escorted out of the office, he brandished a handgun, and escorted the pastor back inside, Mattke said.

Once they were back inside the church office, the gunman apparently changed his mind about the crime, returning the property he’d stolen back to the pastor before leaving the church.

No one was hurt in the incident. Mattke said investigators were working to determine the circumstances surrounding the robbery.

The suspect was described as 25 to 30 years old with dark hair and a scruffy goatee and an tattoo in Old English-style writing on his stomach. The man was wearing a blue baseball cap, a white and beige long-sleeved shirt, baggy jeans and white tennis shoes.

He was believed to be driving a late-80s model Black Honda Accord, Mattke said.

A church secretary would not comment on the robbery, but told News10 the offices would remain closed Sunday. Regular Sunday church services were being held as scheduled.

 

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