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Police seek man who stole wallets in churches

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Stafford County authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who is believed to have stolen wallets from women in two North Stafford churches in recent days.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said the first incident occurred Thursday at Mount Ararat Baptist Church at 1112 Garrisonville Road. A man entered a church office, spoke briefly with a member then left the parking lot in a brown vehicle.

After the man left, the woman realized that her wallet was missing from her purse.

On Sunday, police say the same man showed up at the Rock Hill Baptist Church on Van Horn Road. A woman encountered him inside the church about 9:10 a.m., and was told that he had just moved to the area and was interested in attending the church.

The woman gave him information about the church, Kennedy said, then returned to the class she was teaching.

A short time later the woman who had talked to the man saw him in the parking lot in an older-model brownish-gold vehicle full of items. He talked to her again briefly before leaving.

After the woman returned to the building, she discovered that her wallet was missing from her purse.

The man in both cases was described as white, 28 to 35 years old and 160 to 170 pounds. He had short brown hair, a full beard and sideburns and was wearing a dark gray jacket, a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, sneakers and a baseball hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/658-4400.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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