Thief robs choir in church

| January 22, 2012

As the strains of "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus" filled the sanctuary, a man with a long gun interrupted choir practice Wednesday in a Goose Creek church and made off with purses, wallets and cell phones.

"He yelled, 'Get on the floor! Get on the floor!' the whole time he was coming down the aisle of the church," said one of the nine robbery victims, 77-year-old Dorothy Causey, on Thursday.

Causey, who has prosthetic legs and a walker to get about, was unable to get on the floor of St. James United Methodist Church. The robber then pointed the gun in her face and ordered her to get out her wallet, she said.

"I close my eyes and that's all I can see," a still shaken Causey said.

Goose Creek Police Department spokeswoman Jesica Johnson said the gunman entered the church at 512 St. James Ave. at about 8 p.m., and fled on foot.

A manhunt aided by Berkeley County Sheriff's Office personnel and tracking dogs failed to find the robber.

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