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Man charged in church theft cases

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Stafford County detectives have arrested a man suspected of stealing wallets from women at two churches in North Stafford last month.

Adam Jarrett Booth, 25, of no fixed address, is charged with grand larceny, misdemeanor larceny and four counts of credit card theft. He was arrested Monday night following a traffic stop on Garrisonville Road, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said.

Booth is accused of taking a wallet from a woman at Mount Ararat Baptist Church at 1112 Garrisonville Road on Jan. 9. A man entered a church office that Thursday, spoke briefly with a church employee then left in a brown vehicle.

After the man was gone, the woman realized that her wallet was missing.

On Sunday, Jan. 12, police said the same man showed up at Rock Hill Baptist Church on Van Horn Lane. He told a woman he had just moved to the area and was interested in attending the church service.

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

The woman later saw the man getting into his vehicle and again spoke briefly to him. When she returned to the building, she noticed that her wallet was missing.

A description of the suspect was broadcast, and Kennedy said police received numerous tips that helped them identify Booth as a suspect.

Detectives Jason Dembowski and Greg Bender are heading the investigation that resulted in Monday’s traffic stop. Booth was arrested without incident, Kennedy said.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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