Man wanted for committing crimes inside and outside Chesterfield churches

Posted at 10:23 AM, Sep 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-15 19:04:56-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Police are looking for a man who stole purses from inside Chesterfield churches and from cars parked outside the houses of worship.

The string of crimes started on July 27. Police said the man was able to make off with credit cards and cash.

"We would like to believe we are safe while we are at church," said Cpl. Kevin Bacon, "and so some people may leave cars unattended, some people may leave their purses in the car."

"It's an easy place to come complacent," he added.

Police said targeted churches include:

  • Southside Church of the Nazarene
  • Tomahawk Baptist
  • Kingsland Baptist
  • Trinity United Methodist
  • Chester Baptist Police also released several photos of the suspect and his car captured on security cameras.

Police described the suspect as a black man between 25 and 35 years old. He was driving a white Hyundai Sonata. He was last seen wearing khaki shorts, a white T-shirt and a white baseball cap.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.