Suspects sought in church theft

| November 29, 2010

Terrell authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a pair of suspects believed to be involved in a purse-snatching incident at First United Methodist Church.

According to Terrell Police Department Capt. Arley Sansom, around 11:50 a.m. Nov. 18, two female suspects entered the church, located at 503 W. College St. in Terrell, and stole the contents of a number of purses left in the classroom.

“The church school was presenting a children’s program to parents and the group had momentarily moved to a downstair area of the church,” Sansom said. “During the program, a parent went back to the classroom area and interrupted two black females in the process of stealing wallets, cell phones, cash and other contents from the purses in the room. The suspects fled on foot from the church after the theft.”

According to Sansom, the first suspect was described as being in her mid-20s, of very thin build and approximately 5-feet, 1-inches to 5-feet, 3-inches in height. She was wearing a yellow sweater, jeans and over-the-jeans boots. The suspect had her hair pulled back in an a pony tail and had a very distinct hair weave with an orange stripe and a pink stripe in the front. Additionally, the suspect had a black scarf around her neck.

Sansom said witnesses claimed the suspect had been in the church prior to the offense asking to be allowed to perform “community service” work in order to get cleared of some offense being resolved in court.

The second suspect was described as being in her 20s, thin, of average height and with dark hair. Witnesses described the suspect as wearing a “puffy” coat.

Kaufman County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of one or both of these suspects. Anyone with information should text, email or telephone Kaufman County Crime Stoppers. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

TPD Investigator W.K. Newell is investigating this case and may be contacted at 972-551-6622.

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