Police: Man steals credit cards from purses during church worship service

Published: Jun. 9, 2016 at 6:06 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2016 at 9:50 PM EDT
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Source: Summerville PD
Source: Summerville PD
Source: Summerville PD
Source: Summerville PD

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville Police say a man walked into a church Sunday morning and stole credit cards and cash from purses that were left in a closet.

Investigators say the theft happened at Bethany United Methodist Church at 118 W 3RD South Street.

According to an incident report, the victims left their purses in an unlocked closet in the choir room while they were worshiping in the sanctuary.

They discovered items were missing after one of the victims found a wallet in her purse that belonged to her friend, and she was unsure how it got there.

After the women checked their purses, they came to the conclusion that someone had taken items from them.

Six debit and credit cards were stolen, along with $125 in cash.

The suspect also took a driver's license and an identification card.

Police say the suspect used the cards to purchase $2,000 worth of merchandise from Walmart and Target.

Among the purchases was a Samsung TV, an Element 50" TV, and a Vizio TV.

Authorities say the suspect was seen on the church's surveillance cameras.

Anyone who recognizes him should call Summerville Police.

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